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When Should I Fertilize My Lawn?

The more you know, the more your grass will grow. Here are the best ways to maximize your lawn fertilization schedule.

Build Concrete Steps 

Learn how to build concrete steps that look fantastic and will last 100 years.


12 Bad Roof Maintenance Habits to Stop Doing Immediately

A healthy roof is one of the most important parts of your home. These bad roof maintenance habits could cost...


How to Paint a Room

Read on as we walk you through all the steps, from choosing the paint to cleaning up when you're done.


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What to Know About Coping Trim

Here's a quick little rundown on what to know about coping trim for inside corners.

How to Upgrade Your Bathroom Vanity

A fresh new look for your bathroom.


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We Tried Benjamin Moore’s 2021 Paint Color of the Year

Aegean Teal caught the attention of our team here at Family Handyman. Here's why we love it.

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Compare all the Paint Colors of the Year for 2021

Decorating your home can be transformative and inspiring. A splash of color on just one wall can uplift your mood,...


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Vintage Family Handyman Project from 1988: How to Make a Small Room Seem Larger

Family Handyman has helped DIYers improve their homes since 1951. As we celebrate our 70th anniversary, here are some vintage...


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Vintage Family Handyman Feature from 1986: New Building Techniques for Remodelers

To celebrate Family Handyman's 70th anniversary, we're sharing some of our favorite articles from the past. Check out these home-building...


How Small Businesses Can Avoid Economic Stimulus Scams

The Small Business Administration recently issued a warning about scammers trying to take advantage of people applying for small business...

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How to Become an HVAC Technician

In an era of energy conservation and extremely air-tight construction practices, the demand for HVAC tradespeople won't evaporate any time...


How to Become a Great Landscaper

People interested in entering the landscaping industry have many options. Your particular path depends on what you'd like to do.


How to Become a House Painter

People who learn how to become a house painter share a common endpoint: entrance into a rewarding, high-demand career.


20 Bad Spring Yard Work Habits You Need to Stop Doing

It's been a long winter and you're ready to start some yard work. But before you grab that rake or...


How to Become a Limited-Energy Electrician

A sea change in how homes work has created the perfect storm for limited-energy electricians. Learn how you can ride...

How to Become a 120V Electrician

Looking for a career with great potential? Here's how to become an electrician.


How to Become a Carpenter

Carpenters are in demand. If you're interested in a career in the trades, here's what you need to know about...


How to Become a Plumber

Learn how to become a plumber through a local apprenticeship or trade school program.


How to Protect a House During a Remodel

It's important during any remodeling project to safeguard the unaffected parts of the house from damage and filth. Here are...


How To Pour a Perfect Concrete Apron

We followed a concrete crew for the day in order to find out the process behind their black concrete aprons....


A Guide To Drywall Sizes

Drywall comes in many different sizes. Learn how to choose the right drywall size and drywall thickness for your next...


How to Hang Drywall: Pro Tips for Cutting and Installing

A good framing crew makes drywall hangers whistle while they work. Follow these great hanging suggestions, and you can make...


How To Perfect Your Window Trim Installation Process

A long-time carpenter Travis Larson explains how he installs window trim. Check out these simple step-by-step instructions.

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5 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Landscaping Tools

We got advice from the owner of a landscape company on how to keep gear and tools running at optimal...


How to Choose and Use Painter’s Tape

Apply painter's tape faster and more effectively so you can start painting sooner and make fewer mistakes.


How To Level Concrete Slabs

If you have an uneven concrete slab, you could replace it or cover it with leveling compound. But consider grinding...


Framing Basement Walls

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


How To Install Pocket Door Privacy Hardware

A pro finish carpenter shares his method of installing hardware on a pocket door.


Avoid These Common Plumbing Mistakes

I've seen these same mistakes made over and over. The solution for every one is simple. Let me show you....