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    Tankless Water Heater Guide

    Tankless water heaters take up much less space than storage water heaters as they heat the water directly. Discover why one of them is best for your home.

    How to Upgrade Your Bathroom Vanity

    A fresh new look for your bathroom.


    Prevent Water Damage While You Are Away

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


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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.


    10-Minute House Repair and Home Maintenance Tips

    Simple fixes to household headaches that take 10 minutes or less — these home repairs are quick and easy.

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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...


    Parts of Your Home Prone to the Most Winter Weather Damage

    Knowing where your home is most vulnerable and taking precautions can save you thousands of dollars in repairs next spring.


    How to Fix a Leaking Shutoff Valve

    Fix a leaking shutoff valve and save yourself the cost of a visit from the plumber.


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    6 Things Professional Plumbers Never Do in Their Own Homes

    Taking good care of the plumbing in your home is important to say the least, and that includes knowing what...

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    Family Handyman’s Vintage Projects and Tips From the ’60s

    Family Handyman has always taken great pride in teaching readers to DIY through the use of step-by-step projects. To celebrate...


    How to Repair a Broken Pipe in Your Home

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


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    Stuff We Still Love: Pipe Wrench, Doweling Jig and Glue Gun

    These three classic tools are as relevant today as when they first appeared on our pages decades ago.


    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.


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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:...


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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,...

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    2020 Vision on Smart Toilets

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


    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...