Featured DIY Articles
How to Repair Asphalt Shingles
Step-by-step expert advice on repairing curled, torn, or damaged asphalt roofing shingles. Includes advice to stop a roof leak quickly.
Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioner Buying & Installing
Expert advice on the pros and cons of a ductless mini-split air conditioning, how a ductless AC unit differs from
How to Clean and Repair Metal Roofing
In This Article: How to Clean a Metal Roof Repairing Loose Metal Roofing Fasteners How to Repair Metal Roof
A new wood deck provides a warm, handsome connection with the outdoors, adding to a home’s beauty and setting the stage for a world of outdoor activities. But wood decks take a lot of abuse, both from use and through continued exposure to weather. After a few years, without proper care, they become weathered and uninviting.
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Garage Doors Buying Guide
In This Article: What Is New with Garage Doors? How Much Does a Garage Door Cost? Where to Buy a Garage Door About Garage Door
How to Pour Concrete Footings & Piers
How to pour concrete footings and piers, with step-by-step instructions for building a form and ready-made concrete pier options. In This Article: Fiber-Tube Forms Ready-Made
A Portable Generator Can Save You When the Power Goes Out
Expert advice on emergency portable generators, including how to buy, set up and run them, and generator features, sizes, and necessary equipment. In This Article:
Three-Way Switch Wiring | How to Wire 3-Way Switches
A three-way switch is the type that turns on lights from both ends of a hallway. These 3-way switch wiring diagrams clearly show how to
How to Buy Gutter Guards & Leaf Catchers
Gutter leaf guards, screens, and filters help prevent clogged, overflowing gutters. This expert buying guide will help you choose the right gutter guards, offering pros
How to Clean Gutters — DIY Guide
Expert illustrated advice and video on how to clean rain gutters, including DIY roof gutter cleaning techniques and how to hire a gutter cleaning service.
Other Featured Topics
House Foundation Types and Diagrams
How basic foundations are built, including slabs, perimeter foundations, concrete blocks, and piers A house needs a foundation to shoulder its considerable weight, provide a
How to Build a Closet
Build a closet yourself, following these illustrated step-by-step techniques, including wall framing, paneling, and finishing. Need more closet space? If you have adequate floor space
How to Fix a Garbage Disposal – DIY Repair
Is your garbage disposal jammed, clogged, leaking, or not draining? If your garbage disposal doesn’t work right, read on. This complete garbage disposal troubleshooting guide
How to Insulate an Attic
Whether your attic is finished or unfinished, this expert DIY guide will show you how to insulate it. Includes where insulation goes, the need for
Pros & Cons of Metal Roofing
Is metal roofing right for your home? This expert guide reveals the benefits and drawbacks of metal roofing and compares metal roofing to other roofing
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Deck Stain or Deck Paint: Choosing the Perfect Finish for Your Deck
Expert advice on choosing the best deck stain or paint for protecting your wood deck from the elements, including pros and cons of stains and
Finding a Tripped Circuit Breaker—Manually or with a Tool for Circuit Tracing
Expert advice on how to find a circuit breaker that keeps tripping, either by manual testing for the tripped breaker or by using a circuit
Homeowner’s Guide to Hiring a Handyman or Handywoman
Expert advice on how to find and hire a handyman or handywoman to help get home repairs done. Includes costs, interview questions, and more. In
How to Choose the Right Recirculating Pump for Your Home
Expert advice on how to speed up delivery of hot water to your faucets and showers by buying a hot water recirculating pump. Includes types,