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A kit containing a variety of drywall anchors.
BUYING GUIDE

How to Choose Drywall Anchors


Knowing how to use drywall anchors for TV mounts and other projects is a crucial DIY skill

A screened-in porch surrounds a patio table with chairs.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Screen in a Porch


Difficulty Beginner
Time 2-4 hours

Using a screen framing kit can make screening in a porch easier

Sign placed in front of a tornado.
BUYING GUIDE

How to Prepare for a Tornado


Learn how to prepare for a tornado to protect yourself and your home

An apartment building damaged by an earthquake.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Prepare for an Earthquake


Difficulty Beginner
Time Over 1 day

Make a preparedness plan for your home in case of an earthquake

A cracked concrete driveway in front of a gate and a car.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Repair Cracks in a Concrete Driveway


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

Follow these steps to learn when to repair or replace a concrete driveway

A shelter in place notice posted on a door.
BUYING GUIDE

Shelter in Place Drill Checklist


Learn what you need to take immediate shelter

A man using a board and a float to smooth just-poured concrete.
BUYING GUIDE

How to Find the Right Concrete Mix


Learn how to choose the right concrete mix for your project

Water stains on the ceiling near a corner show evidence of a roof leak.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Fix a Leaky Roof


Difficulty Intermediate
Time 2-4 hours

Fixing a roof leak is often an easy task but only after you find its source

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BUYING GUIDE

Types of Insulation


The right home insulation can save on energy bills

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BUYING GUIDE

Types of Lumber


Choose the best lumber for your building or renovation projects

Fruit sits on a gray concrete countertop in a kitchen.
PROJECT GUIDE

DIY Concrete Countertops


Difficulty Advanced
Time Over 1 day

Build your own concrete countertop for a functional and durable kitchen surface
Modern gray kitchen cabinets.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Install Base Cabinets


Difficulty Advanced
Time Over 1 day

Upgrade your kitchen's appearance and storage space by installing base cabinets
A modern dining room with wainscoting.
BUYING GUIDE

Types of Moulding


Accent various rooms of your home with beautiful, classic and affordable moulding
A video highlights features of different types of concrete anchors.
BUYING GUIDE

Types of Masonry and Concrete Anchors


Securely fasten objects to extremely hard surfaces with concrete anchors
A person smooths a repair patch on a concrete step.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Repair Concrete Steps


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Over 1 day

Fix chips, cracks or holes in your concrete steps to avoid a safety hazard
Person nailing down a piece of lumber for new wall frame.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Frame a Wall


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Over 1 day

Learn how to frame a new wall like a pro
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BUYING GUIDE

All About Insulation R-Values


Before you insulate, find out the appropriate R-value for your region
Two plywood panels stacked on a work bench.
BUYING GUIDE

Types of Plywood


Use plywood to complete a range of DIY projects, from subfloors to furniture
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BUYING GUIDE

Types of Drywall


Get the right type and size to fix drywall problems such as cracking and peeling
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PROJECT GUIDE

How to Install Drywall


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Over 1 day

Install drywall or sheetrock in a few simple steps
A bathroom with two sinks and headboard wainscoting painted yellow.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Install Beadboard Wainscoting


Difficulty Beginner
Time 2-4 hours

Add classy elegance to the walls of your bath, kitchen or living room with this wainscoting project
A video highlighting features of drywall screws and fasteners.
BUYING GUIDE

Best Screws and Nails for Drywall


Learn which fasteners are compatible with drywall before you shop
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PROJECT GUIDE

How to Patch Drywall


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

Damaged drywall can be easily fixed with drywall compound
a roof partially covered by a blue tarp
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Tarp a Roof


Difficulty Intermediate
Time 2-4 hours

Tarping a roof can curb leaks and prevent water damage
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