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Family Handyman Reader Projects: Indoor Spaces

Family Handyman readers were busy during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in 2020, diving into their to-do lists. Here we take a look at 10 of their awesome indoor projects.

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5 Things You Need to Know Before Building Stairs

Learn the ins and outs of building stairs before you jump into a project on your own.


How to Paint Concrete Floors

Transform your concrete basement or garage floor with a fresh coat of paint.


15 Weird Objects Our Readers Found Lurking Behind Their Walls

From old newsprint to weapons to mummified animals, we asked our readers to show us treasures they found behind the...


Pro Tips for Basement Finishing

These are great tips on how to solve many of the problems you're likely to encounter when working on your...

Working With Metal-Clad (MC) Cable

MC cable is easier to work with than rigid conduit and offers protection from fire, vibration, gnawing pests and physical...


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Best Concrete Paints for 2022

Painting concrete surfaces can be challenging. Here are some of the best concrete paints for your garage, basement, porch or...

A Pro Carpenter’s Guide to Framing Basement Walls

A poor framing job can bring a whole mess of problems, so we asked a professional framing carpenter how to...


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How to Finish, Frame, and Insulate a Basement

With special framing and insulating techniques, your basement can be as comfortable as any other room in your home. Find...


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Best Types of Flooring for Your Basement

Looking to install flooring in your basement? Choose one of these five basement-friendly flooring options and enjoy good looks and...


Install a Warm, Moisture-Resistant Basement Subfloor in a Day

Converting your basement into a comfortable living space provides more square footage for family activities and it increases the value...

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What to Do the First Time Your Basement Floods

A basement flood is alarming, but don't charge into the murky water. There are some precautions you must take.


How to Install Basement Windows and Satisfy Egress Codes

How to saw the hole, frame the opening and set a basement egress window


How to Install Under Cabinet Lighting in Your Kitchen

Add dramatic under cabinet lighting in a weekend without tearing up your walls to install the wiring.


A Drier Basement with DRYLOK EXTREME

As a contractor, finished basements always make me a little nervous, and I usually won’t take on a basement job...


Basement Waterproofing: How to Install a Basement Drainage System

Install a sump pump as part of your basement waterproofing system.

Insulate Basement Rim Joists

Cut heat loss through the rim joists and tighten up your house with rigid foam insulation.


Metal Studs: How to Use and Frame With Metal Studs

Tools and techniques for building basement and partition walls with steel studs.


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Learn How to Stop Basement Leaks and Dry a Wet Basement for Good

Strategies that will permanently fix your musty, wet basement.


How to Install a Terraced Window Well in Your Basement

How to build a series of low walls around your basement windows to let in more light.


How to Dry Out Basement Carpeting

Quick action is the key


Drying a Wet Basement

You may need an interior drain and sump pump to solve the problem


Basement Carpeting: Installing Carpeting In a Finished Basement

Choosing the right pad makes all the difference


How to Carpet a Basement Floor

Keep your finished basement floor dry, even if the concrete gets wet.

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19 Tips for Finishing Basements

Expert advice for a warm, dry and inviting space


23 Tips for Drying Up and Finishing Your Basement

Add some value to your home with a finished basement! Check out these tips for making sure you start with...


How to Tile: Prepare Concrete for Tile

Turnaround tips for an old basement floor


Damp Basement: Finding Leaks and Water Sources

Musty odors indicate a moisture problem


How to Fix a Cracked Basement Wall

A long, horizontal crack in a basement block wall may indicate a dangerously weakened wall.


Installing Wood Flooring Over Concrete

Install a wood base, then the finish flooring.