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    STUDY: Homeowner’s Remodeling Plans Undeterred By Inflation and Shortages

    Inflation is cranking up costs and material shortages are delaying projects, but that's not stopping homeowners.

    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.


    Old Homes: What’s Worth Restoring?

    From plaster to HVAC, here's advice from our experts on how to decide what's worth restoring in your old or...


    What Is An Architectural Historian?

    Kristopher King talks about the value of preservation, his pet peeves and some of his alluring discoveries in Charleston.


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    The Eleven Percent: Meet Sarah Lechowich, Roofer and CEO

    Sarah Lechowich talks about running a woman-owned company, the importance of mentorship and what's in her tool bag.

    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...

    6 Things An Electrician Learned After Buying Her First House

    A professional electrician shares what she's learned about electrical while living in and working on her own home.


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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 Eleven Percent: Spotlight on Women in the Trades

    This FH series introduces readers to a few of the women who make up 11...


    The Best Portable Air Compressors

    Our favorite air compressors for whatever your pneumatic needs may be.

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    Family Handyman Approved: DeWalt Job Site Table Saw

    DeWalt has long been associated with great jobsite tools. This saw is no different.


    What’s In My Toolbox? A Pro Plumber’s Most Essential Tools

    A long-time plumbing professional shares a look inside her toolbox.


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    Family Handyman Approved: Hart Brushless Reciprocating Saw

    This reciprocating saw from Hart Tools is a powerful, all-in-one cutting tool with a brushless motor that DIYers will love.


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    We Tried the AccuBrush MX Paint Edger That Makes Cutting In a Breeze

    One of the many weekend projects on your to-do list happens to be painting a room, but it's so time-consuming...


    7 Reasons to Consider Going to Trade School

    Trade schools offer affordable education in dependable industries with classes to help you launch, retool or elevate your career.

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    Family Handyman Approved: Wago Lever Nuts

    Wary of cheap, twist-on wire nuts? Then try these from Wago.


    Why Lumber Prices Are Soaring Again in 2022

    After normalizing in the second half of 2021, lumber prices are skyrocketing again. Here's why.


    Plumber Discovers Megachurch Cash Stash

    You can find some crazy things once you start opening up walls.


    What Does It Mean To Buy a House ‘As Is’?

    If you're home shopping in a sellers' market, you might be tempted to buy a house as is. Here's what...


    GIE+EXPO Changes Name After Fourteen Years

    Big changes are coming to one of the country's most popular trade shows.


    How to Fix a Toilet Handle

    If jiggling the handle doesn't solve the problem, one of these simple fixes probably will.


    What Is a Whirlpool Tub?

    Everything you need to know before buying a whirlpool tub.


    Registration Now Open for the 2022 International Builders’ Show

    The popular industry event is back in person in 2022.

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    The Home Depot Partners With Buildertrend to Serve Pro Contractor Customers

    The Home Depot teams up with one of the world's leading construction management programs.


    Ace Hardware on Pace to Open 170 New Stores in 2021

    Ace still plans to open another 60 locations by the end of the year.


    White House Unveils Plan to Increase Affordable Housing

    The U.S. needs more affordable housing. Here's how the current administration plans to get the country where it needs to...


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    How to Install Metal Roofing

    Learn how to get roofing layers right with these metal roofing tips.


    If You See a Blue Porch Ceiling, This Is What It Means

    There's a long history behind this tradition.


    8 Types of Air Conditioners

    Looking to buy an air conditioner? Here's a roundup of eight air conditioner types, along with how to assess which...