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How to Test Smoke Alarms in Your Home

A smoke alarm is an inexpensive way to protect your family from smoke and fire injuries, but you must take the time to test it to ensure that it's working properly. A properly functioning smoke detector [more…]

Returning to Your Home after a Natural Disaster

If you have been evacuated from your home for any type natural disaster, you need to follow some safety precautions when you return to it. Follow these general guidelines for getting back underway after [more…]

Protect Your Family from Gas Line Accidents

Gas line safety might not be on your mind, but of all emergency preparedness topics, gas lines deserve extra consideration — both in the event of natural disasters and for day-to-day living. If not properly [more…]

How to Maintain Your Automatic Garage-Door Opener

Your automatic garage-door opener requires periodic maintenance to ensure safe and efficient operation. In fact, because a garage door is often the heaviest and largest single piece of moving equipment [more…]

How to Estimate the Cost of a Home Remodeling Project

Every home improvement project requires a budget. Whether you're painting a bedroom or gutting and remodeling a kitchen, you need to come up with an accurate estimate of the project's cost so you can look [more…]

How to Repair Sagging Plaster on Walls and Ceilings

If you live in an older home with sagging plaster on your walls and ceilings, you can fix it. Many older houses have plaster walls and ceilings with wood lath for a base. The wood lath was installed with [more…]

How to Build a Simple Wall Shelf

You don't need to be a handyman to build a simple wall shelf. Building a shelf to add form and function to a room is a novice do-it-your-selfer's dream project. You can use your shelf to display a treasured [more…]

How to Install a Shelving System

If you need more storage space or just want to display artwork or a collection of clocks on your wall, you can build shelves. A shelving system is made up of three basic components: shelves, standards [more…]

How to Replace Window Channels

If your window sashes let in drafts and rattle in their channels, you may want to consider replacing windows. However, a less expensive solution is to install replacement channels in your double-hung windows [more…]

How to Lubricate a Door Lock

Many people put up with the aggravation of a sticking door lock for years. Ironically, by cleaning and oiling them, you can fix most locks in a matter of minutes. Fixing a few stubborn locks might involve [more…]

How to Tighten Loose Door Hinges

Loose hinges can cause a door to stick, bind, or scrape the floor. Lucky for you, it is easy to tighten loose hinges and make your doors work like new. Most hinge problems can be solved with nothing more [more…]

How to Maintain and Fix Sliding Doors

The two types of doors that are easiest to open don't have hinges at all; instead, they slide on tracks. Sliding-glass doors are a popular feature in rooms with decks or patios because their full-length [more…]

Proper Ventilation for Your Home

Proper interior ventilation is vital to your family's health and comfort. It helps your home rid itself of moisture, smoke, cooking odors, and indoor pollutants. Structural ventilation controls heat levels [more…]

How to Care for Your Hot Water Heating System

A routine annual inspection and cleaning by a qualified, licensed heating contractor keeps your hot water heating system running for many years without trouble. But you can also keep an eye on the pressure [more…]

How to Care for Your Steam Heating System

It pays to have a professional, licensed heating contractor check your steam system every year. But you can perform three important maintenance tasks on your steam heating system yourself. Caring properly [more…]

How to Make Your Own Household Cleaners

You don't need a cabinet full of commercial products to clean your kitchen and bathroom appliances. You can make your own household cleaners out of a few simple components. Here's what they are and what [more…]

How to Clean Your Range Top

How you clean your range depends on whether it's gas or electric. Suggestions for cleaning both types are outlined here. When cleaning a range top, pull off the upper and lower control knobs and wash them [more…]

How to Clean an Oven

Cleaning your oven helps keep it in peak operating condition. Because ovens come in several types, you choose the best cleaning method for your oven based on its type. For example, ovens can be gas or [more…]

How to Replace a Porch Light with a Security Light

Replacing your porch light with a security light is an easy afternoon project. Outdoor security lights use infrared or microwave sensors to light up whenever someone or something passes within a certain [more…]

How to Care for Your Washer and Dryer

Your washer and dryer are indispensible, and replacing them is expensive. Cleaning your washer and dryer and taking proper care of them will help prolong their lives and keep them in good running order [more…]

Preventing Moisture from Building Up under Your Home

What's a little water under the house going to hurt, you ask? Excess moisture can lead to a glut of problems, such as repulsive odors, rotted framing, structural pests, foundation movement, efflorescence [more…]

How to Repair Brick and Block Foundations

Most often, the cause of damage to brick foundations is cracked mortar. If the damaged area is manageable, a do-it-yourselfer can easily perform the necessary repairs. Bricks were once used extensively [more…]

How to Protect Wood Siding

To prevent rot and prolong the life of your wood siding, you can treat it with oil, stain, or paint. These materials act as a barrier, preventing water from coming into direct contact with the wood. Which [more…]

How to Care for Vinyl and Aluminum Siding

Whether you have vinyl or aluminum siding, taking a little care will prolong its life and keep it looking its best. To prevent the need to repaint your siding, clean it regularly. You use slightly different [more…]

How to Replace a Three-Way Light Switch

A three-way switch is a handy convenience to control a light from two locations, such as at the top and bottom of a staircase. If the words On and Off aren't embossed on the switch and it's one of two [more…]

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