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8 Styles of Ceiling Fans to Beat the Heat

Considering a ceiling fan to help with your summer cooling? Check out your options before making your selection with help from this guide.

10 Ways to Insulate Your Home Without Opening Up Walls

Don't live in an under-insulted home just because you don't want to destroy your walls.


Fluorescent Light Covers to Transform Your Drop Ceiling

Fluorescent light has been linked to migraines, sleep disruption, increased stress and more. Fortunately, there are many beautiful ways to...



Plumbing With PEX Tubing

PEX tubing is an easy-to-install alternative to copper pipe. Long used in radiant heating systems, flexible PEX tubing is perfect...

Upgrade a Recessed Light Fixture

Simply change the trim to change the style


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Why You Need to Check Your Chimney Before You Cozy Up to the Fireplace

It's that time of year again! If you have a fireplace, here's a quick way to tell if your chimney...

Noisy Gas Fireplace Blower? Here’s How to Replace it

A professional fireplace service company charges about $400 to do the job (parts and labor). But you can replace the...


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20 Unexpected Ways to Keep Your House Warm This Winter

As the temperature starts to take a dip, there are some simple things you can do to cut back on...


How to Build a Soffit Box with Recessed Lighting

Add interest to a bedroom or kitchen by building a soffit with drywall, wood trim and rope lights.


Install a Super-Easy USB Outlet

Adding a USB outlet is easy enough for a first-time electrician.

How to Balance a Ceiling Fan

Stop the wobble and make your fan run smoothly in 15 minutes.


Outlet Insulation Stops Cold Air Coming Through Electrical Outlets

Stop drafts cold at electrical boxes with these easy foam outlet insulation tips.



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How to Install a Gas Fireplace

Complete DIY instructions for installing a direct-vent gas fireplace


How to Build the Best Fire in Your Fireplace

Try this method for building the best fire in your fireplace.

What You Need to Know About Foam Board Insulation

Foam board insulation is easy to use and is a great DIY way to add some insulation. It comes in...


How to Install a Ceiling Fan Remote

Upgrade your fan with a ceiling fan remote.


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Fishing Electrical Wire Through Walls

Run electrical cable through walls and across ceilings without tearing them apart by fishing wire


Common Types of Insulation, and When to Use Them

Here are the most common types of insulation and when you might use them.


What’s the Difference Between Pink, Yellow and Green Insulation?

The difference between pink, yellow and green insulation.


How To Strip Wire the Safe Way

When stripping insulation from wiring, you might be tempted to use the cutting jaws on lineman’s pliers instead use a...


Easy Knob-and-Tube Insulation Fix

The insulation on knob-and-tube wiring gets brittle with age. When you’re working with it, the insulation may just crumble in...


With Ceiling Fans, You Get What You Pay For

If you’ve ever shopped for ceiling fans, you've probably been struck by the huge price variations. Fans with the same...

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How Liquid Electrical Tape Can Rescue Your Broken Phone Charger

Charger cables for cell phones usually last only a few years before the insulation starts fraying on the ends. Replacement cables...


5 Brilliant Ways to Hide Wires in a Room Without Going Into the Walls

Conceal that unsightly wire without hard labor!


Tip for Installing Flooring in Tight Spots

Create a little handle for installing flooring


Seeing ‘Through’ Insulation

When you need to work in a specific spot in the attic (to mount recessed lighting, for example), drill a...


Here’s Why Spray Foam Can Regulate Your House Temperature

If you’re looking to keep the house at a comfortable temperature, it may be time to consider spray foam insulation....


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How to Install a Ceiling Fan Mounting Bracket

The Family Handyman Senior Editor, Gary Wentz, will show you how to remove an old light and install a ceiling...