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    11 Tips on How to Remove a Popcorn Ceiling Faster and Easier

    Popcorn ceilings were all the rage back in the '60s and '70s. Applying the texture to drywall and plaster ceilings was a quick and easy way to hide imperfections and didn't require any painting afterward. But the rough texture catches lots of dust and cobwebs and it can be difficult to know how to remove popcorn ceiling. It can be a real pain to match if you have cracks or holes in need of patching.
    Figuring out how to remove a popcorn ceiling texture from a ceiling is a messy chore but worth the effort if the substrate underneath...

    How to Replace an Exterior Door

    DIY techniques for a weathertight exterior door installation


    Breaker Box Safety: How to Connect a New Circuit

    Add a new circuit to your home's wiring


    What To Know About Bathroom Exhaust Fans

    A bathroom exhaust fan keeps the bathroom dry and odor-free. Models are available that mount in the ceiling, a wall...


    25 Hints for Fixing Roof and Gutter Issues

    A solid, leak-free roof with good gutters defends your home against the elements. Arm yourself with the knowledge to understand...

    How to Form and Pour a Concrete Slab

    A pro shows you how to build strong concrete forms, place a solid slab and trowel a smooth finish


    21 Top Rated Laundry Products on Amazon

    These top-rated laundry products leave clothes fresher and cleaner than ever—with less effort on your part. If you're still using...

    9 Popular Home Siding Colors

    Whether you're building, remodeling or just refreshing your home's exterior, consider these popular siding colors experts say their clients love.


    14 Over Kitchen Sink Lights That Are Functional and Stylish

    From pendants to flush mounts, modern to classic, the right over kitchen sink light adds style and brightens up your...


    How to Use Laundry Pods the Right Way

    Trust us, learning how to use detergent pods will take your laundry game up a level.


    Popular Wallpaper Trends for 2022

    Wallpaper is back. Here are some bright ideas for incorporating trending wallpaper in your home.

    6 Outdoor Kitchen Countertop Options

    Outdoor kitchen countertops get a lot of use. Let's narrow down the options and determine which type is best for...


    What Is an Incinerating Toilet and How Does It Work?

    When you don't know how to handle your waste, why not burn it? Incinerating toilets are designed to do just...


    How To Make a Simple DIY Plant Shelf

    You don't need pricey tools to build this attractive outdoor plant shelf. Create a display for your potted plants with...


    How To Splice Wires

    Doing some DIY electrical work? Electrical circuits are only as safe as the splices you make. Learn how to splice...

    A Tushy Bidet Is the Bathroom Essential You’re Missing Out On

    This tush-cleaning toilet accessory works better than typical toilet paper.


    Why Is My Gas Oven Not Heating Up?

    If your gas oven isn't heating properly, you can probably fix it yourself. Check your symptoms to see if this...


    How To Fix a Gas Stove That Won’t Light

    If you've got a gas stove that won't light, we've got three quick-and-easy DIY fixes for you to try.


    The Lixada Blocklight Is a Small Flashlight with Lots of Power

    Let there be light with you everywhere you go with these super-compact and affordable Family Handyman approved flashlights.


    How to Install a Window Air Conditioner

    Installing a window air conditioner is an easy way to keep your cool.


    13 Best Summer Bedding Sets

    Our home expert found the best summer bedding sets to deal with hot weather. Stay cool without turning on the...


    Try This Hack for Building an Inexpensive Glass Panel Door

    Make a glass panel door yourself without breaking the bank.

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    How to Add a Covered Entryway to Your Home

    Take your home's basic facade to the next level. Add a roof over the entryway.



    What Is UL Listed and Why Does It Matter?

    UL is the gold standard of safety and compliance testing, but what is UL listed? Family Handyman breaks it down.


    If Birds Peck at Your Windows and Mirrors, This is What it Means

    Birding experts Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman explain why birds engage in these behaviors, and what you can do to prevent...


    If You See a House with Two Front Doors, This Is What It Means

    You're going to adore the possible explanations.


    How to Plan and Build an Outdoor Kitchen

    Design and construct the outdoor cooking center of your dreams.