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Family Handyman Approved: Wago Lever Nuts

Wary of cheap, twist-on wire nuts? Then try these from Wago.

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Light Bulb Buyer’s Guide

LEDs are in. Incandescents are out. Here's everything else you need to know about choosing light bulb types for your...


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How to Use a Light Tester to Fix Christmas Lights

A simple tester helps you fix holiday light strings fast.


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What Is a Smart Meter and How Does It Work?

Wondering why your local utility company installed smart meters? We'll look at what a smart meter is, and what it...


How to Put Lights On a Christmas Tree

Believe it or not, there's a right way and a wrong way to string Christmas lights.

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7 Eye-Popping Nanoleaf Design Ideas

Get inspired by these Nanoleaf design ideas to bathe your home with a new kind of smart light.


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Would You Turn Off Your Lights for Migrating Birds?

With bird migration, one small act can make a world of difference to those on a thousand-plus-mile journey.

These LED Bulbs Could Last Up to 50 Years

See why these lightbulbs could be great for your wallet and the planet.


10 Things To Look for When Buying a Used Boat

A used boat can save you thousands, compared to the cost of a new boat. But, as with a used...


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How To Protect Your Home From Lightning Strikes

Installing preventative measures that provide lightning protection will save you money in the long run.


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Solar Panels: What To Know Before You Buy

From initial cost to maintenance concerns, here's a primer on solar panels to help you decide if they're right for...

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New Homeowner’s Guide To Solar Power

Is solar technology a good fit for the 21st century homeowner? Here's an overview of traditional and DIY solar options.


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We Tried It: Kasa Smart Light Switches

Looking to add smart home functionality to your home without breaking the bank? Kasa smart switches by TP-Link may be...


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Best Off-Grid Power Systems for Your Cabin

If you're contemplating off-grid power for your cabin or summer house, start here to learn the differences between solar, wind...


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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....


The Most Essential Products for New Homeowners

From cleaning supplies to tools, here's a list of everything you'll need for your new home.

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Breaker Box Safety: How to Connect a New Circuit

Add a new circuit to your home's wiring


How to Install a New Hard-Wired Smoke Alarm

Smoke alarms wear out. Replace them before they fail.


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How to Upgrade and Replace Lightbulbs

Replacing outdated lightbulbs in your new home can create the atmosphere you want and lower your electric bill. Here are...


12 Best Home Improvement Projects Under $100

A little can go a long way when it comes to home improvements. For just $100 you can make some...


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8 Best Outdoor Security Lights of 2022

Don't be left in the dark! You'll know exactly what's going on around your home when you invest in top-rated...


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Which is the Correct (and Incorrect) Way to Install an Electrical Outlet?

You may see electrical outlets with the ground facing up or down. Do you know which is right?


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Vintage Family Handyman Feature from 1987: Landline Phone Installation

The first issue of Family Handyman was published in 1951, so this year marks our 70th anniversary. To celebrate we're...


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10 Things You Should Know About LED Christmas Lights

You're probably thinking about what to give those on your holiday gift lists. But have you thought about upgrading your...

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13 Holiday Light Dangers You Need to Know

Christmas lights can present a hazard inside and outside the house if precautions are taken. Make sure you know these...


Outdoor Christmas Lighting Ideas and Tips

This year, elevate your house to "oooh and ahhh" status with the best outdoor Christmas lights.


How To Fix Christmas Lights

Squeeze another season out of your strings of lights!


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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...


Installing a Single-Pole Smart Light Switch

Make your regular light switch smart in five easy steps!


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New Countertop Appliance Claims to Kill Coronavirus on Household Items

Luma and Luma Pro aim to deliver 99.9 percent effectiveness in killing germs, bacteria and viruses — including the coronavirus.