When it comes to home improvement, you need information you can trust. Inside each issue of The Family Handyman, you’ll find see-and-solve expert repair techniques, a variety of projects for every room and step-by-step, do-it-yourself photos.
WE PUT THE “O” IN DIY • How many times have you used a shop project as an excuse to escape? Quality time alone with your table saw can be a good thing. For me, it helps clear my head of deadlines, and I’m happy to trade my clean office space for a well-worn workshop. Do-It-Yourself is therapeutic; maybe tools should qualify as health-care expenses.
STUFF WE LOVE • OUR FAVORITE DIY TOOLS, MATERIALS + GEAR
HANDY HINTS • CLEVER SOLUTIONS FROM OUR READERS
A TESTING ZONE FOR INNOVATIONS
AS BIG AS A HOUSE • PROMISES, PRIDE & PREDICAMENTS
MEET THE BUILDERS • The makers of the Getaway, contributing in countless ways to help a home come to life:
PLAN YOUR GETAWAY • AND KEEP YOUR DREAM DREAMY
DIY OR NOT? • HERE’S WHAT WE DID AND WHAT WE HIRED OUT
GROUNDBREAKING • SITE PREP FOR SUCCESS
FOUNDATION • STRONG, STRAIGHT, SECURE
FRAMING • SAVE MONEY, BUILD STRENGTH
WINDOWS • DECODING THE NUMBERS TO MAKE A GOOD DECISION
WHAT SHOULD YOU PAY FOR?
CHOOSE WINDOWS THAT SUIT YOUR CLIMATE AND LOCATION • When you’re window shopping, understanding these terms will help you find windows that will perform well in your climate. For in-depth, location-specific information for your house, use the window selection tool from the National Fenestration Rating Council at efficientwindows.org. What is “fenestration,” you ask? Generally, it means any opening in a surface, such as a wall.
SIDING • HOW TO INSTALL DURABLE & STYLISH STEEL SIDING
INSULATION • ACHIEVE THE R-VALUE YOU NEED
WRAPAROUND DECK • TO BUILD IT WELL, START WITH A DETAILED PLAN
INSTALL MODERN CABLE RAILING
METAL ROOFING • GET THE LAYERS RIGHT FOR A LONG-LASTING ROOF
WINDOW TRIM • HOW TO ACHIEVE TRIMLESS WINDOW STYLE
BATHROOM • AN EASY SHOWER INSTALL
KITCHEN ISLAND • BUILD YOUR OWN WITH READY-TO-ASSEMBLE CABINETS
SINK & COUNTERTOPS • DIY LAMINATE COUNTER WITH AN UNDERMOUNT SINK
LIGHTING • ASSESS YOUR NEEDS ROOM BY ROOM
MECHANICALS • HVAC & PLUMBING PLANS
ROLL-UP DOOR • OPEN-AIR LIVING
LANDSCAPING • TREE RECYCLING & AN OUTDOOR BENCH
RESOURCE GUIDE • THE PRODUCTS THAT HELPED US BUILD
CUT METAL LIKE THE PROS • THE RIGHT TOOLS MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE
THE GEAR WE USED • We tried a lot of tools at the Getaway—here are some of our favorites for metal work.
THE DIRT ON SEPTIC SYSTEMS • WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE & AFTER INSTALLATION
IN COLD CLIMATES, PROTECT YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM FROM FREEZING • Like water pipes, your septic system can freeze. Here are some tips to prevent your septic system from freezing.
IF THE TREE FALLS, WILL ANY ONE HEAR YOU YELL?
A BIT OF A PROBLEM