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    How to Install Cement Board for Tile Projects

    The best base for ceramic tile is waterproof cement board.

    How to Tile a DIY Backsplash

    Install a mosaic tile backsplash for a whole new look in just one weekend.

    What You Need to Know About Peel-and-Stick Tile

    Installing tile can be intimidating for any DIYer regardless of skill or experience. It takes time, money, tools and patience...

    Pros and Cons of Various Tile Backers

    Learn the pros and cons of various tile substrate products so you know which to pick for your next project.

    Tile Installation: How to Tile Over Tile

    You can lay new ceramic tile right over old tile if you use the methods we show you here.

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    9 Ways To Increase the Heat From Your Wood-Burning Fireplace

    Do you avoid using your wood-burning fireplace for fear of big heating bills? Here are nine ways to increase heat...

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    What Is a Daylight Basement? What To Know

    Is a daylight basement right for your house? Learn about this trend that maximizes living space while letting the light...

    Color-Changing Pinecones Make Fireplaces Magical

    Turn up the heat this holiday season with color-changing pinecones. Add them to any fireplace or fire pit...

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    What Is a Foyer? Everything You Need to Know

    Wondering about your home entryway? We'll answer the question "What is a foyer?" and show you how to furnish it...

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    10 Fireplace Tile Ideas

    Update your fireplace and overall space with these colorful fireplace tile ideas from Instagram.

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    The Eleven Percent: Meet Renee Wilson, Insulation Contractor/Owner

    A lifetime insulation enthusiast talks about today's trade challenges, including making an industry hidden behind walls sexy to the next...

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    How To Install Cedar Shingle Siding

    Cedar shingle siding is beautiful, durable and probably not as difficult to install as you think. Here's how to install...

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    What Is Fire Hardening?

    How to keep your house safe from a wildlife without turning your yard into a desert.

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    How To Install Ice-Proof Rain Gutters

    Ice accumulation on your roof can be a major problem over a long winter. Learn how to install ice-proof rain...

    8 Tips for How To Decorate a Hallway

    Dark, narrow, complicated, awkward. It can be hard to know how to decorate a hallway, but they're a great place...

    What Is German Smear?

    If you're ready to revamp your plain brick house or fireplace but don't want to spend a lot of money,...

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    How to Clean a Wood-Burning Fireplace

    It may not be fun, but fireplace maintenance is important. We'll explain how to clean a wood-burning fireplace so you're...

    Flat Roof Repair and Maintenance

    Without a significant slope, a flat roof is more vulnerable to water damage. A waterproof membrane prevents leaks but needs...

    What Is Noise-Canceling Wallpaper and Does It Work?

    Looking for attractive wallpaper that cuts down the noise? Sound reducing technology has come a long way, but make sure...

    What Is SPC Flooring and Should You Get It?

    SPC is a type of luxury vinyl flooring with a stone composite core. It's more stable and durable than a...

    How To Remove Wallpaper Border

    A few tricks and lessons will help you learn how to remove wallpaper border quickly, and with minimal mess. Spoiler...

    Guide To Different Types of Wallpapers

    Confused by terms like paste the wall, grasscloth and peel-and-stick? Read on to learn what are the types of wallpaper...

    You Can Really Nail Trim Work and More with This Cordless Pin Nailer

    Easily the best battery-operated pin nailer I've ever used, this Family Handyman Approved tool will meet all your needs.

    The Best Firewood Racks of 2022

    Outdoor firewood racks keeps wood off the ground, neatly stacked and ready for the next firepit or fireplace gathering.

    Should I Mop My Floors with Laundry Detergent?

    #CleanTok is at it again, this time with a new mopping technique. Is it worth it? Is it safe? We...

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    Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Peel and Stick Wallpaper

    Peel-and-stick wallpaper offers an easy, mess-free way to make your walls pop. Learn more about this product that's surging in...

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    What to Know About Interior Trim and Molding

    From baseboard to crown molding (and chair rail in between), interior trim defines a home's style and serves a practical...

    9 Popular Home Siding Colors

    Whether you're building, remodeling or just refreshing your home's exterior, consider these popular siding colors experts say their clients love.

    Can You Paint Over Wallpaper?

    Ask a group of DIYers if you can paint over wallpaper and you'll get different answers depending on each person's...

    Tired of Tile? These Backsplash Alternatives Create a Unique Kitchen

    Watching the latest design shows, you might believe that tile is the only backsplash option for your kitchen. Here are...

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    Tips for Applying Peel and Stick Wallpaper

    With these tips for how to successfully apply peel-and-stick wallpaper, you too can have fresh, Instagrammable walls.