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    Outdoor Living Trends for 2022

    Everyone is looking for their place in the sun. Whether it's a tiny balcony or a grand three-level deck, it's outside and that's where we want to be.

    Homeowner’s Guide To Hickory Hardwood Flooring

    Hickory hardwood flooring combines ultra-durability with a unique grain pattern, making it an attractive alternative to more common flooring options.


    Old Furniture: What’s Worth Restoring?

    From wooden chairs to antique upholstery, here's which old furniture is worth the time, effort and cost to restore.


    How To Grow and Care for Lilac Bushes

    What sweet-smelling harbinger of spring was introduced into American gardens in the 18th century, and is still popular in them...


    How Much Does It Cost To Restore an Historic Home?

    From HVAC to insurance, our experts discuss some of the common cost pitfalls of restoring old and historic homes.

    Guide To Exterior Trim Paint

    Got some outdoor trim to paint? Here are some tips to help you choose the right paint and complete the...


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    Upgrade Your Backyard With These 6 DIY Projects

    Check out these projects that will turn your backyard into an inviting outdoor living space.

    How to Build a Firewood Rack

    Keep your firewood stacked, off the ground and out of the rain with this easy-to-build firewood rack.


    Pros and Cons of American-Made Furniture

    It isn't just patriotic to buy American-made furniture, it's common sense. It can be expensive, but it's some of the...


    How to Build a Composite Boardwalk and Accent Walls

    Lead friends and family into your backyard with a beautiful, maintenance free boardwalk and accent walls that you can build...


    When Is the Best Time of Day To Mow the Lawn?

    Warming temps and blooming flowers signify a return to yardwork. This includes mowing the lawn. But is there a best...

    Upgrade Your Backyard with Gabion and Stucco Walls

    Give your backyard a new look with these two DIY projects.


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    This Family Handman Approved Lawn Aerator Will Keep Your Yard Looking Great

    To stimulate root growth, and keep your lawn healthy and looking great, check out the Family Handyman Approved Corona Yardbreather...


    8 Types of Wood Wall Paneling

    Wood wall paneling adds an element of classic style to your home, and it's easier to install than you think.


    Can You Paint Trex Decking?

    Yes, you can and here's how. But should you paint Trex decking? Yes and no.


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    These Stylish and Tough Stoggles Safety Glasses Are Family Handyman Approved

    Whether you work in the trades or you're a DIY enthusiast, safety glasses are an essential tool. Recently I picked...

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    Give Your Bathroom a New Look with Family Handyman Approved Aura Bath & Spa Paint

    Remodels can be costly and become drawn out. But if you're looking for a quick way to breath new life...


    How To Light Your Home: 10 Types of Light Fixtures

    Upgrading or choosing new light fixtures for your home? This guide will give you the rundown of all of the...


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    This Family Handyman Approved Paint Brush Makes Cutting in Easy

    Looking for a sleek paint brush that can be used with any paint or stain?  Look no further than the...


    The Best Countertop Paint and Refinishing Kits

    Update your kitchen or bathroom with one of these countertop paint or refinishing kits.


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    Top 10 Best Flowers for Growing in Pots

    Even if you have a small garden, deck or patio, you can still grow beautiful flowers! We found the best...


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    Does This Internet Hack for Hiding Screws Really Work?

    Not sure how to hide ugly wood screws ? We tested this internet hack that claims to solve the problem...


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    Mulch vs. Rock: Which Is Best?

    Can't decide between organic mulch and rock? We discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each to help you find the...


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    What Is a P-Trap?

    Curious about P-traps, how they function and what to look for when you buy one? Here's what you need to...

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    The 6 Best Wipe-On Wood Finishes

    The ease of application and breathtaking results make wipe-on wood finishes beloved by pro and beginner woodworkers alike. These are...


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    What To Know About Rerouting a Water Shutoff Valve

    Where's that water shutoff valve when you need it? Avoid flooding disasters and make repairs easier by putting it where...


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    Get Your Hands On Some Family Handyman Approved Hestra Job Duratan Flex Work Gloves

    When headed outdoors to work on your spring projects, the first essential tool to reach for...


    How to Install a Dog Door

    Here's an easy project for a neophyte DIYer.


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    The Best Engineered Wood Flooring Options

    Engineered wood flooring provides the attractive, natural look of hardwood, without the high cost and challenging installation.


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    Woodworking: What To Know About Walnut Wood

    Wondering what you should know about walnut wood before your next woodworking project? A pro woodworker shares his insights.