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How to Clean Your Vacuum

You use your vacuum to clean up messes around the house, but there comes a time when your vacuum itself could use a good cleaning.

How to Balance a Ceiling Fan

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


Vacuum Cleaner Repair: Clean Out Clogs

Three simple ways to unclog your vacuum.


How to Install a Duct Booster Fan

Fine tune your heating and cooling system


The Best Way to Clean a Greasy Kitchen Range Hood Filter

The standard way to clean the filter from a kitchen exhaust fan is to stick it in the dishwasher.

How to Replace a Vacuum Cleaner Belt

Complete this simple task in 30 minutes


How to Install a Ceiling Fan Remote

Upgrade your fan with a ceiling fan remote.


Use an In-Line Fan to Vent Two Bathrooms

Add one attic fan to vent multiple bathrooms


How to Find a Vacuum Leak

Find a vacuum leak with this easy technique



Yes, Alexa Can Even Power Your Microwave (You Still Have to Chew, Though)

Amazon continues its goal toward world domination with its $60 Alexa-powered microwave with a Dash button for popcorn.


How to Clean and Care for a Coffee Maker

You can keep your Mr. Coffee looking like new, even after years and years of daily use. Here's the scoop...


How to Reuse Your Vacuum Cleaner Bags (Yes, It’s Possible!)

In a pinch, a vacuum cleaner bag is actually reusable. The bottom end of the bag is usually folded over...

Vacuum Cleaner Hack for Hard-to-Reach Spots

Sometimes you need a little bit of creativity to deep clean hard-to-reach areas. If you have a plastic squeeze top...


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...


Reader Project: 1960’s Bathroom Remodel

Elementary art teacher, Denise Boyd, is an avid DIYer and Family Handyman fan.  Four years ago, she purchased a 1960's...


Robot Vacuum: Does It Really Work?

Considering a robot vacuum? Read this first.


The Top 12 Household Cleaning Tips For The Really Tough Stuff

Even the most stubborn stains and hard-to-reach spots are no match for these secret cleaning solutions.


Vacuum Extension Tube

Don’t throw away the cardboard tube from wrapping paper!


Don’t Brush the Dog—Use a Vacuum Instead!

My dog has a heavy coat that requires a lot of brushing.


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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...

Home Inspector Nightmares: Vol. 8

In this installment of home inspector nightmares, you’ll be amazed by how much ceiling fan blades can droop. Plus, as...


Buying Guide: What is the Best Vacuum Cleaner to Buy?

A quality vacuum cleaner should be versatile enough to clean a variety of surfaces and durable enough to perform well...


Installing a Garage Air Conditioner

Wrenching on a car or doing a project in a sweltering garage is no fun. A garage A/C does the...


How to Choose the Best Whole House Fan for Your Home

A time-tested cooling solution that uses 90% less energy than your air conditioner


Replace a Vacuum Belt

Give vacuum performance a big boost with a new agitator belt


Tips for Replacing Vacuum Filters

Bagless vacuums need frequent filter changes