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9 National Trust Houses With a Royal History

Keeping a castle or palace in good order can cost a fortune, so residents often choose to hand them over to the National Trust. Often restored to …

National Trust

An Excuse to Snack While Painting

Washing a roller cover between coats of paint is a waste of time and paint. So one of my painting necessities is a can of chips; preferably the …

Coats

Saturday Morning Workshop: How To Build a Wine Box

This wine box is a great gift any wine lover will adore. What’s the best part? You can build it in an hour.<p>Courtesy of the Family Handyman<p>Introduction<p>…

Power Tools

How to Make a Message Board in Less Than a Minute

I’m all for dry-erase message boards, but they’re usually pretty unattractive. So I make message boards using nice picture frames. To make these …

Handy

How to Safely Dispose of Used Workshop Blades

I was recently removing a lot of old caulking on my boat with a utility knife. To safely dispose of the used blades and eliminate the risk of cutting …

Powerstrip

This Popular Vintage Car Will End Production in 2019

This vintage vehicle, the company's most iconic, will surely be missed.<p>The Beetle is being squashed. Yep, you read correctly. The iconic vintage …

Classic Cars

30 Plants to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Lawn

Give your backyard an upgrade AND attract these beautiful birds!<p>Looking for some new foliage that could attract some pretty tiny-winged friends to …

20 Amazing Alexa Hacks All Homeowners Should Know

Train Amazon’s Alexa to do everything from update you on your home’s security system to cheer you up when you’re feeling down!<p>Do you ever get …

Living Rooms

The Easiest Way to Open a Cardboard Box

End the frustration of not being able to find where the tape ends on your storage boxes, presents and packages. All you need to do is lay a piece of …

Cardboard

15 Home Tech Items You Can Get At IKEA

For a home that keeps up with the times, check out IKEA’s budget-friendly tech gadgets.<p>There’s a lot to love about this small but mighty work lamp. …

Gear & Gadgets

Get These Fall Projects Done on Saturday so You Can Watch Football on Sunday

Each year, as summer passes into fall, the leaves change color, the weather turns cooler, and pumpkin spice appears in every food imaginable. And it …

Caulking

The Most Expensive Neighborhood in Every State

If your house looks more like a hotel then you probably live in one of these zip codes.<p>The city of Fairhope has a median home value of $542,900, …

Real Estate

5 Easy Ways to Trick Out Your Toilet

Functionality and fun for your home’s most important feature.<p>This motion-activated night-light illuminates the target to prevent overshots and …

This Fan Trick Can Keep Your House Warm All Winter Long

It's SO easy!<p>As summer comes to a close and you start preparing the exterior of your house for fall, it’s also time to get the indoors ready for …

Thermostats

100 Things You Should Never Throw Out (and How to Reuse Them)

Wait! Before you toss these items in the trash or recycling bin, check out all of the brilliant ways you can repurpose them around your home.<p>Lugging …

Powerstrip

10 Really Cool Gas Fire Pits for Your Backyard

It’s fire pit season! Is there anything better than enjoying the cool air and the outdoors by the fire? These super-cool fire pits make your backyard …

Outdoor Spaces

5 Go-To Gutter Cleaning Products for Fall and Beyond

You should clean your gutters a few times a year, but it’s especially important in the fall. Prevent blockages from fallen leaves and other debris …

5 Quick Solutions for a Quieter Home

Check out these five simple solutions for eliminating squeaks, rattles and bangs all over your house.<p>That loud BANG you hear when you turn a faucet …

Repairs

Top 5 Fall Lawn Seeding Products

Early fall is the best time to do lawn reseeding, and these are the products that will help you succeed.<p>If you have up to a few hundred square feet …

5 Essential Router Bits for Beginners

Router bits are expensive; so if you’re just getting started in routing, don’t buy bits you’ll never use. These five bits will cover the …

How to Use a Bench Grinder

A bench grinder is probably not a tool you’ll use every day. However, if it’s available and set up correctly, you’ll be surprised how often it comes …

Gutters: How to Fix Overflowing Gutters

An add-on splash guard prevent gutter overflows<p>Drill 1/8-in. holes through both the splash guard and the gutter.<p>Press the head of a 1/8-in. rivet …

How to Fix a Water Heater Pilot Light

Replacing the thermocouple usually does the trick<p>A thermocouple senses the heat of the pilot and allows gas to flow to the burner. A bad thermocouple …

Water Heater

How to Replace a Water Heater Thermocouple

Save your hot water heater with a new thermocouple!<p>Unscrew the thermocouple lead along with the two gas tubes.<p>Remove the burner assembly and detach …

Water Heater

How to Fix a Roof Drip Edge

Felt over roof drip edge or drip edge over felt? Get the answers here<p>Install roof drip edge along the eaves, add underlayment, then place drip edge …

Roofing

How to Plumb a Water Softener

Branch off cold water lines to outdoor faucets before running the cold water through the water softening system.<p>The piping around a water softener …

Water Heater

The Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters

Is a tankless water heater for you?<p>Smaller tankless water heaters take up very little space.<p>A tankless water heaters uses 30 to 50 percent less …

Water Heater

Replace a Water Softener Resin Bed

Do it yourself and save the $150 service fee<p>If your water softener doesn’t put out any soft water or it regenerates and runs out of soft water …

Plumbing

How to Adjust Hot Water Heater Temperature

Be safe—keep the dial at 120 degrees F<p>To find the recommended temperature of 120 degrees F. on an unnumbered dial, check the temperature of the water …

Water Heater

DIY Dictionary: Access Panel

An access panel is a door, panel or piece of plywood that can be easily removed to provide access to a shut-off valve, drain or other (most often) …