Electrical Repair and Wiring

Smart Light Switches
Troubleshooting: How to Fix a Light
Use a Christmas Light Tester to Check Holiday Lights
Remote Control Devices for Electrical Outlets and Appliances
With Ceiling Fans, You Get What You Pay For
Don't Make This Dangerous Mistake with Fuses in Your Electrical Panel
Vinyl Siding Lights: How to Mount Lights Using a Vinyl Mounting Block
Get the Right LED for your Fixture
How to Reduce Static Electricity in the House
Adding a Second Doorbell Chime
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.
10 Reasons You Should Upgrade to a Mesh Router
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.
10 Tips on Saving Electricity and Lowering Your Electricity Bill
Tips for Replacing Fluorescent Bulbs
In about 30 minutes you can repair the electrical wiring in almost any lamp—and make it safe as well.
Which is the Correct (and Incorrect) Way to Install an Electrical Outlet?
DIY Outdoor Lighting Tips for Beginners
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.
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How to Balance a Ceiling Fan

The Basement

Using a Water Powered Backup Sump Pump
Basement Carpeting: Installing Carpeting In a Finished Basement
Do Waterproof Coatings Really Work?
From The Family Handyman
How to Get Rid of That Musty Smell in Your Basement
Permanent Fixes for Damp Basements
How to Seal Basement Water Traps With Oil
Waterproofing Products Help Keep Basements Dry
Reader Project: Man Cave Arcade
Instant Drying Rack
These products will keep your basement waterproof.
Installing Glass Block Windows in Basement
#DIY Basement egress window requirements - Get the article: www.familyhandyma...
9 Affordable Ways to Dry Up Your Wet Basement For Good!
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...
Affordable Ways to Dry Up Your Wet Basement For Good: Get Rid of Excess Humidity #home #repair
Install Drainage Mats for a Warmer, Drier Floor - 14 Basement Finishing Tips: www.familyhandyma...
How to Cure a Wet Basement
Affordable Ways to Dry Up Your Wet Basement For Good: Diagnose the Water Problem #DIY

Air Conditioning

Hammer Extension
Here's Why Your Window AC Unit is Better Than a Portable One
The Most Popular Type of Home Improvement Project in Each State
This Nifty Trick Will Clean Up Your Air Conditioner
Why Air Conditioners Smell Bad
Your air conditioning installation should not go this way.
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.
Sturdy Car Trash Can
Here’s Where You Shouldn’t Install Your AC
Heat Reducing Window Film
21 Air Conditioner Maintenance and Home Cooling Tips
How to Double The Life of Your Air Conditioner
Your window unit won't work fully if you don't do this!
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.
Here's How to Keep Snakes Out of Your Home
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.
We provide you with a few tips on choosing the best whole house fan.
Covering your AC condenser unit is a great idea for winter.
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Tidier Tool Trays
Clean Your AC Condenser Unit


11 Camping Safety Tips
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Be fully equipped with these 10 fantastic gadgets for the outdoors!


Get to to know your toilet better by understanding its parts!
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.
We'll teach you how to unclog a toilet WITHOUT a plunger. Yes, this is real.
Home Repair: How to Replace the Main Shut Off Valve
How to Fix a Chipped Sink
Quickly Fix a Leaky Faucet Cartridge
Fix a Water Softener
Slow Running Water: Unclog the Aerator
What's Brown Friday? The Truth Behind Plumbers' Busiest Day of The Year
How to Replace a Toilet
How to Sweat Copper Pipe
Always Close the Toilet Lid When You Flush. Here’s Why
Tankless water heaters are great, but they also have some negatives.
This teflon tape is used by plumbers all the time.
Drain cleaning made easy!
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.
How to Fix a Water Heater Pilot Light
Choosing a New Water Heater
Water Heater Repair: How to Replace the TPR Valve
Water Heater Venting Fixes
Fix Water Heater Leaking
Water Heater Maintenance: Extend Water Heater Life
Avoid a Plumbing Catastrophe During the Holidays By Doing These Things
How to Flush a Water Heater
We'll teach you how to unclog a sinkn with a plunger and a plumbing snake.

Roof Projects

How to Get Your Gutters Ready for Fall and Winter
The Easiest Way to Pick Up Dropped Screws
How to Prevent Black Streaks on a Roof
DIY Dictionary: Style D Roof Edge
Long-Lasting Metal Roof Panels
From The Family Handyman
Finding a roof leak doesn't have to take long. You can detect them pretty quick and fix them in minutes.
Your roof covers the largest asset you own, so it pays to know the signs of trouble.
Roof repair made easy!
We'll show you how to install roof shingles like a pro.
How to Roof a House
Should I Replace My Roof? Here Are 21 Things to Consider
The best tips for repairing your roof!

Drywall Repair and Tips

Small Gaps in Drywall are Actually No Big Deal
Remove a Drywall Screw That Has Missed the Stud
From The Family Handyman
How to Repair a Drywall Crack
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...
How to Fix an Oversize Electrical Box Cutout
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'll make drywall repair easy with this simple guide.
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 Finish a Basement: Framing and Insulating
DIY Tutorial: How to Fix a Small Drywall Hole.
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.
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14 Adorable DIY Dog Beds
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.
DIY Cat Repellent
Here's how to create the best spaces for your kitties without breaking the bank on expensive store-bought cat furniture.
12 Incredible Dog Houses For Your Best Friend
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From The Family Handyman
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.
Pay Promptly - Some insurance companies offer incentives for paying an invoice…
These are very clever ways to save money while welcoming the little tyke into the world.
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.
Install Storm Shutters - If you live in a hurricane-prone area…
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.
Seal Narrow Gaps with Foam - Seal around window and door jambs with expanding…
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 on Gas: Tips for Better Gas Mileage & Fuel Economy #frugal #savings
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.
Cut Fiberglass Batts to Exact Widths - It’s easy to insulate your walls with…
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.
Change Jobs or Retire? - If you drive 20 miles to work every day, you're paying…
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...

The Garage

Things of Value You Might Have in Your Garage
10 Cool Tips for a Garage Refrigerator or Freezer
How to Replace or Revamp Your Garage Doors
Reader Project: Handy Plywood Storage System
Garage Cabinet Storage
The Best Advice for Growing Tomatoes
15 Things You Should Never Store in Your Garage
16 Cheap Garage Storage Projects You Can DIY
These is a great substitue for a garage door opener remote. Use your phone!
Pro Tips for Planning Your Dream Garage
Retrofit Your Garage Door Openers to Work With Wi-Fi
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.
13 Garage Mistakes That Could Put You in Danger
Nuts and Washers Stored on Pegboard: Keep them #organized with shower curtain rings. #organization #tip
Store gasoline in approved containers and well away from ignition sources and where children can't reach it. Add a fuel stabilizer as well.
Garage Makeover: How to Create the Garage of Your Dreams
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.
Replace any switch in the house with an X10 switch and you can remotely control electric devices in a detached garage—or anywhere else in the house.