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DIY the Holidays 2018

15 Ways to Prepare Your Home for the Holidays

In a few days, a ravaging horde will descend on your humble dwelling. Is it up for the job? Use our thorough, all-encompassing checklist to prepare for the onslaught of holiday guests.

25 Things Every DIYer Should Own

The gear and tools to build and fix just about anything.

The Best Holiday Lights for Indoors and Out
The holidays are about three things—family, presents, and tric…
Keep Your Christmas Tree Fresh
These simple tips will help make your Christmas tree last through th…
How to Fix a String of Christmas Lights
Repairing these lights won't be easy, but with a little determinatio…

How to survive and thrive this holiday season.

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How to Put Lights on a Christmas Tree

Get it right without getting tangled up this Christmas.

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How to Put Up Christmas Lights: 7 Essential Tips and Looks
Despite neighborhood peer pressure, you and you alone dictate the aesthetic direction of your home's holiday display. He who wields the…
5 Turkey Tools to Save Your Thanksgiving

Gear up before it's time to carve that bird.

5 Tools For Cutting Down Your Own Christmas Tree

Choose from this selection of power and hand tools to take down and prune your own Christmas tree this year.

<p>There's no need to call in an expert to give your furnace or air-conditioner a seasonal checkup. You can maintain your heating and cooling system yourself by following the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule, which will help prevent problems before they begin. </p><p><strong>Project:</strong> Depending on what type of furnace you have, you'll want to grab a flashlight and inspect the flue pipe for leaks, change the oil and air filters, and clean the floor and wall vents. </p><p>Air-conditioner maintenance consists of cleaning or replacing air filters to keep the unit running at peak performance and clearing away any dirt and debris that may have accumulated around the air-conditioner coils which rely on clear airflow around the condenser.</p><p>Here's a list of <a href="">common heating and cooling problems</a> to look out for, and how to fix them.</p>
12 Days of DIY: Skills Everyone Can Learn

Use your time off during the holidays to pickup some new do-it-yourself skills.

The Utlimate DIY Thanksgiving: How to Deep-Fry a Turkey
For a moist (but not greasy!) bird, PM automotive editor Mike Allen recommends frying your Thanksgiving turkey from now on. Here's how …
How to Grill Your Entire Thanksgiving Dinner

It was meant to be cooked this way. It will taste better, too.

7 Things to Do Before You Leave for Vacation

These quick, simple tasks can help prevent coming home to a disaster.

PM's Guide to the Ultimate DIY Thanksgiving: Turkey-Day Gadgets
For those tinkerers out there looking for better Thanksgiving hardware, here are some of the top gadgets, tools and gifts to upgrade yo…
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