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    How to Fix a Water Heater Pilot Light

    If your hot water heater suddenly stops working, chances are a bad thermocouple has shut off the gas to the pilot light. Replacement is an easy DIY repair.

    DIY Water Heater Testing and Repair

    Heating elements on electric hot water heaters sometimes fail long before the water heater, but replacing them in a hot...


    How to Upgrade Your Bathroom Vanity

    A fresh new look for your bathroom.


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    6 Things Plumbers ALWAYS Do In Their Own Homes

    Plumbers say keeping up on a few basic tasks and best practices is the secret to a well-maintained, fully-functioning home...


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    The 30 Secrets a Plumber Won’t Tell You

    These secrets could save you a lot of time and money. Get the scoop on things a plumber will never...

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    5 Top Myths About Septic Systems

    There's a lot of misinformation out there about septic systems. Here's what you need to know.


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    The 10 Most Common Plumbing Mistakes DIYers Make

    You can fix most household plumbing repairs and even update plumbing fixtures with just a few special tools and a...

    How to Repair a Broken Pipe in Your Home

    A quick and easy, no-soldering fix for your burst pipe.


    1951 Family Handyman Feature: Be Your Own Plumber

    In honor of Family Handyman's 70th anniversary, we're sharing some throwbacks. Check out these DIY plumbing tips.


    How to Flush a Water Heater

    Extend the life of your water heater: Learn how to drain water heater fluid and get your water heater running...


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    How to Upgrade Your Shower in a Weekend

    Get an impressive shower upgrade without breaking the bank or turning your basement into a jobsite.

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    Expert Tips for an Easy Faucet Installation

    We caught up with Joe Barnes, a second-generation master plumber with more than 30 years of experience, to tackle...



    This Is What People Used Before Toilet Paper Existed

    Toilet paper is selling out everywhere, which leaves us wondering — what did people do without it in the first...


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    Here’s Why Old Houses Have a Random Toilet in the Basement

    Standalone toilets in the basement are an outdated concept. Why were they necessary in the first place?


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    Stuff We Love: Plumber’s Wrenches

    It's fun to see basic tools reinvented. Here are three new school plumber's wrenches that will make your friends ask:...

    7 Best Water Softeners on the Market

    Do you have trouble with hard, mineral-rich water? You can improve your water with one of these seven top-rated water...


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    5 Toilet Paper Alternatives That Will Definitely Clog Your Pipes — And 2 Things That Won’t

    Running out of toilet paper? Make sure you don't make matters worse by flushing something that could clog pipes or...


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    PEX Supply Pipe: Everything You Need to Know

    PEX piping is the biggest revolution since the flush toilet. Learn what it is and everything in between with this...


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    8 Best Bidet Toilet Seats for 2020

    Bidets and bidet toilet seats are becoming more and more popular in the United States. If you're in the market,...


    Makita’s New Line of Pro Cleaning Tools Goes Cordless

    Everything you need to know about Makita's new line of cordless, pro-grade cleaning tools.


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    2020 Vision on Smart Toilets

    Discover what a smart toilet can do for your health and lifestyle.


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    How to Prevent Water Damage in the House

    Water damage from frozen pipes, ruptured washer hoses, leaking supply lines and dripping water heaters costs billions every year. This...


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    How to Extend Your Water Heater’s Lifespan

    A little preventive maintenance keeps the hot water flowing and extends your water heater's lifespan.

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    What Is a Water Softener and How Does It Work?

    Depending on where you live and your water supply, investing in a water softener to pull harsh minerals out of...


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    10 Most Common Plumbing Code Violations DIYers Make

    Violating code can also cause serious difficulties down the line if you try to sell your house or make major...


    5 Easy DIY Ways to Trick Out Your Toilet

    Functionality and fun for your home’s most important feature.


    How to Choose the Right Water Softener

    How to Choose a Water Softener How to Size a Water Softener


    How Do I Know if I Have Frozen Pipes and How Can I Stop It?

    Frozen pipes are a headache no one wants to deal with. Here's how to prevent and spot frozen pipes, as...


    10 Plumbing Services You’ve Probably Wasted Money On

    You don't need to call a plumber for every leaky pipe or clogged drain. Often, some simple plumbing fixes are...