Electrical Repair and Wiring
Install a new electrical switch without any wiring or batteries. Piezoelectric switches use radio signals generated by the push of a button to turn electrical devices on and off.
Burned-out holiday lights, even the cheap kind, are often fixable with a small investment of time and money. Here’s how to diagnose and fix common problems.
In about 30 minutes you can repair the electrical wiring in almost any lamp—and make it safe as well.
Save energy and money by reducing “stand by” losses through electrical appliances and devices. We show you what wastes electricity and how to stop the loss. Photo courtesy of S. Meltzer/Photolink/Photodisc/Getty Images
This article shows you a simple technique for adding a second switch to a stairway light or a light in any room in your home.
If your water softener isn't working, we'll show you how to fix it. Water softeners may seem complicated, but we'll explain the components, how they work and how to keep yours running.
Affordable Ways to Dry Up Your Wet Basement For Good!: Strategies that will permanently fix your musty, wet basement. www.familyhandyma...
Basement Ideas for Finishing and Waterproofing: Ideas, projects and tips for finishing, waterproofing and organizing your basement. www.familyhandyma...
Install Drainage Mats for a Warmer, Drier Floor - 14 Basement Finishing Tips: www.familyhandyma...
Affordable Ways to Dry Up Your Wet Basement For Good: Diagnose the Water Problem #DIY
Portable air conditioners and central air aren't the only way to cool down a hot house. Check out these alternative solutions for making your house more comfortable.
Have a traditional home but love modern? No problem! There are plenty of options for creating that modern house vibe in an older home. Check out the best DIY ways to bring your home into the 21st century.
Window treatments can change the look and feel a room. Whether you're looking for curtains, shades or something in between, here are 10 awesome ideas that are DIY-friendly.
We've got a crew of dedicated DIYers here at the magazine, and we spend a lot of time painting. So we're always on the lookout for stuff that'll help us get the job done better and faster. We scour the shelves of paint stores, surf the net, and pick the brains of our painting pros to find the latest and greatest as well as the best classic tools and gear. Here's this year's collection of painting gear and supplies.
There are some things you do around the house regularly to help with upkeep and safety—check smoke alarms, wash the windows and repair the chipped tile in the bathroom. But what are you forgetting? Here are 12 things homeowners neglect every winter that they may regret come spring.
PEX supply pipe is the biggest revolution in plumbing since the flush toilet, and in this article we’ll answer the most common questions homeowners have about it and also give you some tips for working with it.
More than any other type of home improvement job, plumbing can drive a DIYer crazy, especially if you don't have the right plumbing tools.
Finding a roof leak doesn't have to take long. You can detect them pretty quick and fix them in minutes.
Drywall Repair and Tips
Cut Off the Nails On the Plates: How to Remove a Wall and Other Demolition Tips Read more: www.familyhandyma...
How to Tape Drywall With a Banjo: Fast, trouble-free drywall taping is easy with this professional taper's tool. With a little practice you can learn to use a taping banjo and complete big drywall taping jobs in a hurry. Read more: www.familyhandyma...
DIY Tutorial: How to Fix a Cracked Corner. Learn how to repair drywall to strengthen a weak corner and hide unattractive cracks.
Scrape Away Ceiling Texture for a Neater Paint Job - 11 Tips for Faster, Neater Painting: www.familyhandyma...
We've hung and patched and primed and finished our fair share of drywall. Check out this compilation of tips for working with drywall to make your next build or repair easier.
DIY Tutorial: How to Fix a Large Drywall Hole. Oops - a swinging door, falling chair or indoor hockey game left a big hole in your wall. We'll show you how to patch the hole yourself.
Cut the Jamb and Pull You can knock a jamb sideways out of its opening, but the nails or screws holding it in place put up strong resistance to the shear force you apply. An easier way is to cut one of the sides in half with a reciprocating saw and then pull the rest straight away from the framing.
Instant Patch - Every fix-it guy we know—DIYer or pro—loves selfstick metal patches. Just stick one over the hole and mud over it.
Using Steel Studs: Tools and techniques for building basement and partition walls with steel studs. Read more: www.familyhandyma...
How to Tape Drywall: A color-coded guide to flat, smooth, perfect walls. Read more: www.familyhandyma...
Slice Up Drywall With a Multitool There seems to be no end of odd jobs that can be done with an oscillating tool, and here's another one: If you have to remove a section of damaged drywall, cut it out with a multitool equipped with a half-moon blade. The tool will cut almost as fast as you can pull it. And because the oscillations on the blade are so short and the teeth are so fine, the tool creates half the dust of a reciprocating or keyhole saw.
It doesn't matter what the breed, there's no amount of fur that can keep all dogs safe from winter's tough elements. If you have a dog, here are 12 ways to keep your dog warm this winter.
These tips for pet owners offer practical solutions for everything from cleaning up fur to keeping pets off the furniture.
Here's how to create the best spaces for your kitties without breaking the bank on expensive store-bought cat furniture.
Top Money- Saving Ideas
Does it pay to replace an old but still working appliance with a new, more efficient model? Learn how to calculate the real costs over the life of the appliance.
Most garage burglaries can be prevented by taking a few simple steps to secure and reinforce service doors, overhead doors and windows. All the strategies in this article are fast and cheap, and will really enhance your security.
Crawl under your truck and save some money with these DIY repairs! Get the guide: www.familyhandyma...
Slash Heating Bills: Easy ways to save energy and money! www.familyhandyma...
Replacing the ballast in an old fixture is a must. Here's how: www.familyhandyma...
Small air leaks into uninsulated attic space are a major source of heat loss in many homes. Here's how to locate the leak spots and plug them without spending a lot of money.
The Top 10 Tips for Saving Money at Home: Save Energy by Closing Heat Registers Read more: www.familyhandyma...
the top 10 tips for saving money at home - our best projects, hints and tips for budget-conscious homeowners.
Use Less A/C and Cut Your Electric Bill: It doesn't take much time or money to slash your cooling costs. Just follow these tips for energy savings, such as how to install a programmable thermostat.
Save Money With a Home Energy Audit Find out where you're losing energy—and what you can do to stop it Read more: www.familyhandyma...
No two kitchens are built alike, and many aren't large enough to accommodate a full pantry. Sometimes you're lucky if you can spare a cabinet or two for food storage. When building a pantry or adding additional cabinets aren't in the budget, get creative with some of these inexpensive no-pantry solutions for storing food and ingredients.
Keep cool and save money on air conditioning too. Here are the ten best ways to cut costs and improve your AC system.
How to Seal Attic Air Leaks Small air leaks into uninsulated attic space are a major source of heat loss in many homes. Here's how to locate the leak spots and plug them without spending a lot of money
Leaky, uninsulated ducts in crawlspaces and attics waste huge amounts of energy and money. Use duct wrap insulation for a quick fix with a big, immediate payoff.
How to Save Energy and Cut Cooling Costs Keep cool and save money on air conditioning too. Here are the ten best ways to cut costs and improve your AC system.
Air Leak Testing & Sealing Follow these surprisingly easy tips and techniques for sealing air leaks in your home and save big money on your heating and cooling bills.
Our pros share their favorite simple fixes for repairing common plumbing, electrical, heating, cooling and appliance problems.
Stop that cold draft coming in around windows and doors by removing the trim and sealing the airflow permanently. It takes a little work, but you'll save energy and money all year long. Get the instructions: www.familyhandyma...
Organize Your Garage in One Morning: Maximize your garage storage space quickly and easily with simple and inexpensive shelves, baskets and hooks. And it will only take you one morning to achieve garage happiness. Read more: www.familyhandyma...
Renew your garage door. Replace rotted trim with rot-free solid vinyl trim. Install a new door bottom seal. And clean up a rusty track.
Learn the fine art of motion detector sensor adjustment and stop wasting energy illuminating passing cars and wandering neighborhood cats.
Store gasoline in approved containers and well away from ignition sources and where children can't reach it. Add a fuel stabilizer as well.
Keeping an old refrigerator running in an uninsulated garage can cost more than it's worth. First, you'll have to heat it in the winter to make the freezer work; then it needs more power in the summer heat. If you have to have it, here's how to make it work.
Troubleshooting Garage Door Openers: Carriage assembly section of garage door opener.http://www.familyhandyman.com/garage/troubleshooting-garage-door-openers/view-all
An annual garage door tune-up helps ensure reliable, quiet operation and safety. Each step of the tune-up takes 10 minutes or less and is worth it to keep your garage door in good working order.