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  1. Chainsaw Maintenance & Safety

    Safely cutting log with chain saw

    A chainsaw can save a lot of time and effort when working on a project that requires one. While they offer convenience and efficiency, they

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  2. How to Fix a Leaky Faucet

    Fixing leaky bathroom faucet with wrench and replacement O-rings

    If you’re tired of hearing a constant “drip, drip, drip” from your kitchen faucet, or if you get sprayed by water when you turn it on, don’t immediately call a plumber. You can repair a leaky faucet yourself or swap it out for a new one on any weekend

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  3. How to Install Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures

    Low-flow shower head

    Are your water bills drowning your peace of mind? Try installing water-saving plumbing devices, such as low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators and toilets. You'll fix this financial leak and do your part to conserve our most essential natural resource.

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  4. How to Maintain Your Water Heater

    Water heater in basement

    A water heater is a necessary major appliance for many households. From heating water for showers and baths to running a dishwasher or washing machine, it is a resource that homeowners depend on. Performing routine maintenance will help you keep it running

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  5. How to Install a Water Filter

    Pouring clean, filtered water from kitchen sink

    Filtering the water in your house softens and makes it taste better  not to mention is healthier for you and your family. It also saves you

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  6. How to Install a Sump Pump

    Clean water in functioning sump pump

    A flooded basement is one of the most frustrating problems a homeowner can face. Because basements are below ground, water can often infiltrate the space after a heavy rain and cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage, not to mention the mess and p

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  7. 4 Plumbing Emergencies Anyone Can Fix

    Man repairing bathroom sink with wrench

    When a plumbing problem pops up, there's no need to panic — you might not even need a plumber. There are a number of plumbing fixes any D.I.Y-er can accomplish with basic tools and a little know-how. Whether it's a clogged drain, broken pipe, a

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  8. How to Restore a Fireplace Mantel

    Restored vintage fireplace mantel with homey decor

    Before central heating, a home’s fireplace was traditionally a point of congregation for warmth and quality family time. Even if you don’t use your fireplace that often, the fireplace mantel still is a focal point in many living rooms today. Keep you

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  9. How to Properly Use & Maintain Your Fireplace

    Well-maintained fireplace burning clean fire

    The fireplace is a centuries-old home feature that, prior to forced-air heat, was often a source of warmth for an entire home. Now that most modern homes have a furnace, the fireplace is usually decorative, or a source of additional heat for a cozy family

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  10. How to Change a Light Fixture

    Bronze pendant lights hanging in kitchen

    Swapping out an old, outdated light fixture adds instant appeal and value to your home, and it isn't hard to do. If you're a novice DIYer, don't be intimidated by working around electricity. This is a weekend project that can be done by even the most

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  11. How to Install a Dimmer Switch

    Dimly lit dining room with elegant chandelier and decor

    Dimmer switches add flexibility to existing lighting. They also help you save energy, money while adding to the life of your light bulbs by reducing the amount of wattage emitted.

    Installing a dimmer switch is an easy home improvement project that

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  12. How to Hang Christmas Lights

    Ladder to hang Christmas lights from roof

    Energy costs go up in winter as you try to keep out the seasonal chill. When you add holiday lighting displays to your electric bill, your energy spending can really add up. You can conserve energy and reduce costs by swapping out old light strings with

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  13. How to Install Under-Cabinet Lighting

    Under-cabinet lighting installed in modern kitchen

    Under-cabinet lighting can work as both accent lighting and task lighting to make your kitchen a more pleasant and functional space by adding ambiance and enhanced lighting for cooking and preparing meals. There are a number of lighting fixtures and bulb

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  14. How to Install a Garbage Disposal

    Installing a garbage disposal in a kitchen sink

    Approximately half of U.S. households have a garbage disposal installed in the kitchen sink. That’s because disposals are convenient tools for disposing of food waste easily and appropriately in a kitchen sink drain. Today’s models are efficient, saf

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  15. How to Clean & Season Your Cast Iron Skillet

    Roasted marshmellows in clean cast iron pan

    A seasoned cast iron skillet means more than the number of years you’ve put it to good use cooking delicious dinners for your friends and family. A seasoned skillet has a layer of cooking oil or grease that has been baked into its cooking surface, providing a

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  16. How to Install a Kitchen Tile Backsplash

    Kitchen updated with colorful tile backsplash

    A ceramic tile backsplash does more than protect your kitchen walls from splatters and spray. It also enlivens it with a decorative splash. It takes care to apply a backsplash and get the desired results; however, it can be completed in a weekend and

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  17. How to Clean Leather Furniture

    Clean leather chair

    Leather furniture gives your space a luxurious and elegant feel, and the best part is that it only gets better-looking and more comfortable with age. To ensure the longevity of your leather furniture though, you need to take care of it by periodically

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  18. 5 Garage Storage & Organization Tips

    Bright clean garage with organized shelves

    Garages often seem to be the catchall location for stuff that needs to be stored. If your car stays outside because you have too many belongings hoarded in the garage, get it organized now by following a few simple steps.

    Step 1: Purge Your Garage

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  19. How to Install a Garage Door Opener

    Opening garage door with remote control

    Installing a new garage door opener is a great way to update a part of your house that gets used everyday — the garage. Today's units are equipped with sensors that will make your garage more child-safe by stopping the door in its tracks should something g

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  20. How to Stain Concrete

    Stained concrete floor in modern house

    If you want to give your concrete surfaces just a tinge of color versus the look of a solid paint color or plain concrete, consider staining your concrete surface this weekend. Concrete stain works similarly to paint, and is very simple and quick to apply

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  21. How to Repair Concrete Steps

    Concrete steps leading to house entrance

    Your porch's concrete steps take a lot of abuse over time from foot traffic and the elements. Eventually, the concrete can crack, crumble or fall apart, becoming a tripping or slipping hazard.

    Assess and Prepare

    Carefully examine the structural

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  22. How to Repair Foundation Cracks

    House foundation cracking from water damage

    Your foundation literally supports your entire house, so you have to make sure it is sound. Not only do cracks in your foundation look bad, but they can also lead to the eventual loss of structural integrity, which can mean high-cost repairs. Take a look

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  23. How to Reduce Echo in a Room

    Quiet living room with plush sofa and curtains

    High ceilings and sound-reflecting surfaces, such as glass, stone, tile and hardwood often can produce unwanted echoes in your home. If you find the reverberations distracting, you don’t have to break the bank to find ways to dampen your rooms’ lively aco

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  24. How to Hang a Heavy Mirror or Picture

    Large heavy mirror mounted above desk

    Mirrors and heavy art pieces add a lot to your home’s décor and interior ambiance. But they need to be hung properly to keep them from falling and getting damaged or inflicting damage to your wall or floor. Here’s how to hang items on your wall and ensu

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