Expert Advice on Improving Your Home

How to Maintain a Septic Tank

If your home uses a septic tank to dispose of waste water, it’s important to know how to keep it in proper working order. Here are the basics you need to know to maintain the septic tank system for your home.
Drinking water test kit.

How to Test and Filter Drinking Water for Lead and Other Contaminants

Drinking water can become contaminated with lead from solder used on copper pipes in many older homes. Find out how to test your water and remove lead and other contaminants by installing a water filter.
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SharkBite Push-Fit Plumbing Fittings

SharkBite has developed a line of brass, push-fit plumbing fittings that are ideal for a quick fix that can join copper, CPVC, and PEX pipe without the need for gluing, clamping, or soldering. Simply slip the pipe into the fitting, and you’re done.

Spa Bathroom Ideas: 5 Ways to Create a Relaxing Retreat

Need ideas to turn your boring bathroom into a spa? These simple changes can transform any bathroom from a routine stop to a serene sanctuary!
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How to Stop a Constantly Running Toilet

Homeowners with older houses often ask how they can stop a constantly running toilet. There are a couple of simple causes with equally simple fixes.
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Multipurpose Faucet and Sink Installation Tool

The Ridgid Faucet and Sink Installer is a multipurpose tool for use under sinks that can turn a frustrating job into an easy one. Uses include tightening and removing faucet nuts and supply lines, turning shut off valves, and holding strainer baskets in place. It's available at The Home Depot.
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How to Fix a Running Toilet

Wondering how to fix a running toilet? Watch this video to learn the two best methods: replacing the flapper valve or adjusting the water level in the tank.
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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes in Your Home

Frozen water pipes are a real concern for homeowners. When uninsulated water-supply pipes are exposed to frigid air, the water inside can freeze, expand, and rip open the pipe. Read on to find out what you can do to reduce the chance of your pipes freezing.
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The Cheapest Way to Unclog a Sink with Standing Water

No wet-dry vacuum? No problem. Here's how to unclog a sink with a toy from the dollar store!