Maintenance & Repair

  1. How to Hang a Chandelier

    Ornate black chandelier in white living room

    Chandeliers radiate elegance and accent entryways, dining areas and other rooms. Installing one or any other heavy pendant-style light is not much different than standard fixtures but they can often be hefty and cumbersome to handle while making wiring

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. How to Replace 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 do-it-yourselfer, don't be intimidated by working around electricity. This is a weekend project that can be done by even

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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 8 Steps to Childproof Your Home, Inside & Out

    Toddler playing with knobs on kitchen stove

    As a parent, from the moment your child is born you begin to worry about his or her safety. Keeping a child safe from harm is not always easy. The average household is full of potential hazards that pose a threat to a baby or young child. However, all

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  18. Home Security for Stress-Free Travel

    Smart home security on tablet

    When you're traveling, nothing gives you more peace of mind than knowing your home will be safe and secure while you’re away. From securing doors and windows to adding security lighting, there are some things that you can do to make sure you have a s

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  19. How to Install a Lockset & Deadbolt

    Testing key in front door deadbolt

    Improve security and update a door by installing a new lockset and deadbolt this weekend. Whether you’re replacing an old lockset or installing one on a new door, it’s something most DIYers can do in no time at all. Keep reading to find out more and the

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  20. Ladder Safety: 4 Tips to Avoid Injury

    Safely hanging wallpaper on ladder

    Ladders are essential tools for home improvements and maintenance. Their use can lead to injury though if utilized incorrectly or carelessly. Before climbing a ladder, be sure you know how to properly use one so that you complete the job successfully

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  21. Snow Blower Maintenance & Safety

    Clearing snow with snow blower

    Snow blowers are indispensable tools in areas where heavy snowfall is common each winter. They make clearing walkways and driveways quicker and easier than when using just shovels. If you don’t maintain yours, though, you had best prepare your back f

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  22. Power Tool Maintenance & Safety

    Man wearing ear and eye protection using power saw

    Power tools offer precision, speed and convenience when completing home improvement projects. To get the most out of your power tools and to avoid injury, your tools must be used and maintained properly. So whether you’re a seasoned professional or a

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  23. How to Clean & Repair Gutters

    Cleaning fall leaves from gutter

    Gutters and downspouts keep water away from your home's foundation and are essential to any home's structural health. By taking care of your roof's drainage system, you can extend the life of your roof and help prevent water damage to your home. Follow

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  24. How to Install Baseboards & Doorstops

    Newly installed doorstop and baseboard

    If your rooms don't have baseboards, or your existing ones are battered and dingy, you can install baseboards to give your rooms a fresh new look. The effect is subtle but impactful — and worth your while, as this job can add value and style to your h

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