Essential How-To

How To Resurrect a Sleeping Car

If you’re rousing your wheels from a prolonged slumber, here's what you need to do before you’re road ready.

Stairs Design: How to Build Stairs
Building a staircase, even a short one, isn't simple. It requires pr…
How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes in Your Yard

These 5 tips will prevent mosquitos from settling near your home.

How to Build a Shed, Colonial-Style
Nearly every home, regardless of its size, has a shortage of accessi…
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How to Save Your Wet Cellphone...With Rice!
Even if a wet cellphone seems dead, there's a good chance it can be …
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How to Make An App: Lessons Learned

Who hasn't had a great idea for a smartphone tool but not the slightest idea where to begin?

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15 Secrets to Cleaning Your Home

No need to block off a full day for cleaning.

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How To Refinish Hardwood Floors
Improvements to floor sanders and finishes have made the process easier and faster than it was years ago, although its still physically…
How to Install a Sliding Pocket Door

When a swinging door takes up too much space, just slip it inside the wall with a pocket door.

50 Essential Kitchen Secrets
From creative solutions for leftovers to a quick fix for too-salty soup, these helpful tips and tricks can save you time and money.
57 Life-Changing Upgrades for Every Room in Your Home

These new gadgets and productsplus hard-earned wisdom and tipswill make your home smarter, more functional, and more fun to live in.

3 Tips for Drilling Super-Straight Holes
If youre trying to drill perfectly perpendicular holes through a piece of wood and finding yourself continually frustrated, try one of …
15 Ways to Fix Everything With Toothpaste

The answer's been in your medicine cabinet all along

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Popular Mechanics: 30 Everyday Quick Fixes
A solve-it-fast guide for home, car and more. Because--sometimes--duct tape just isn't enough.