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How To Drain Gas From a Lawn Mower

When a lawn mower needs to be winterized, draining the gas is an important step. This detailed guide shows you how to drain gas from a lawn mower two ways.

Greenhouses & Acreage

The projects and features in our greenhouse and acreage package are a modernized take on living on and with the...


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How to Easily Clean an Outdoor Rug

Your outdoor rug should be cleaned just like an indoor rug or carpet. Here’s how to do it.


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Should You Rake Leaves or Just Leave Them?

Is raking up your leaves and taking them to the dump really the best course of action?


How to Repair a Garden Hose

Fix leaky garden hoses quickly and cheaply.

Winterize Your Irrigation System With This Handy $15 Device

Winterizing your irrigation system each fall can set you back some serious money if you pay a service to...


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How to Pressure Wash a Deck

Deck seen too many summers? Give it a new lease on life. We'll teach you about power washing your deck...

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What to Do Within the First Year After Moving Into Your New Home

When you move into your new home, there are a number of cleaning tasks, basic projects and upgrades to consider....


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When Should You Start Mowing Your Lawn in the Spring?

Keep these things in mind before mowing your lawn for the first time this spring.


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Should You Cut Wet Grass After it Rains?

We address the age-old dilemma of whether to cut wet grass or wait until it dries.


How to Get Started in Welding

Whether you’d like to build custom cars or just fix a cracked lawn mower deck, learning to weld gives your...

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How to Repair Small Engines: Cleaning the Lawn Mower Carburetor

Don't Google "small engine repair near me" the next time your lawnmower sputters. Learn how to do it yourself. Small...


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How to Properly Sharpen Lawn Mower Blades

It's easy when you know what you're doing!


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What to Know About Buying a Lawn Mower in 2023

How to pick the perfect lawn mower match for your property and your comfort level.


How to Get Rid of Gasoline Smell

To get rid of that smell, you'll need to do much more than mask it with a sweetly-scented spray.


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 Keep Your Garage Floor Dry All Winter Long

Keep your garage floor dry by placing your snowblower on top of this common household item.


22 Yard Tools You Should Get Your Hands On This Fall

Fall yard work can be a pain in the...everything! Make your outdoor chores much easier with these incredibly handy tools.


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How and When to Change Oil in a Lawn Mower

The Family Handyman automotive expert, Rick Muscoplat, will show you how to change lawn mower oil.


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Outdoor Storage Locker

A little garden and lawn mower shed that spells big relief for a...


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How to Install an Attic Lift

Send heavy loads to the attic—with the press of a button


How to Sharpen Mower Blades With an Angle Grinder

An angle grinder makes quick work of this dirty job.


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How to Repair a Lawn Mower Pull Cord

Replace a broken starter rope in a half hour.


Lawn Mower Won’t Start

Learn the reasons why a lawn mower won't start after winter or during peak season, and how to fix those...


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When Should You Replace a Lawn Mower vs. Repairing One?

A carbon-coated spark plug can make for hard starting, and so can old gas or a plugged carburetor. All are...


Iridium Spark Plugs for Small Engines

Get faster, more reliable starts


Snow Blower Oil Change Tips

Simplify oil changes with a drain tube


How to Get Nonslip Mower Treads

Retread old, bald lawn mower tires with a knobby bicycle tire for extra traction on hilly terrain.