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Power Outage Prep: Sump Pump Backup Options [VIDEO]

In this show, The Handyguys discuss different three different sump pump backup options. Do you need a sump pump to keep your basement dry? What will you do if the power goes out during a storm? How will you keep things dry. When disaster strikes in form of a rainstorm, hurricane, or earthquake, use these […]

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Water Heater Replacement (Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD3h5j0o6BI When to Replace a Water Heater Water heaters are an energy intensive appliance. They are the second largest energy user in the home, and as they age they become less efficient, requiring even more energy. The Handyguys estimate the average water heater needs to be replaced every 10 to 12 years. However, just because your […]

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Frost Free Exterior Faucet Repair

http://youtu.be/SlvE0QeRots The Handyguys discuss the repair of the newer frost free style of exterior faucet / hosebib / sillcock. A great Spring project! 1) Identify the make model Does your Exterior Faucet need a Repair? You will need to get an Exterior Faucet Repair kit for the specific brand and style faucet you have. Look for […]

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House Preparation for Vacations (Video)

vacation prep

http://youtu.be/_Ca6h061CdA Vacation House Preparation In this post, Handyguys Brian and Paul provide cheap methods for protection you property from criminals and destruction while you are away on vacation. Neighbors Handyguy Paul suggest first and foremost that you become friends with your neighbors over the course of the year. When you go on vacation this relationship […]

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Outdoor Water Valve Repair (Video)

Outdoor Water Valve

http://youtu.be/vmlLb0-Rhsc Outdoor Water Valve Care In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul explain how to fix an outdoor water valve. Outdoor water valves can typically last for a very long time if they have the proper care. However, the typical valve experiences 2 common problems: dripping and leaking. The Handyguys look at both of these […]

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House Water Pressure Adjustment Video

House Water Pressure

Is your house water pressure too high or too low? It may be simple to adjust it. Watch this video by Handyguy Paul on how to adjust your house water pressure. When your house water pressure is too high it can cause issues with water heater expansion tanks, appliances, toilets and faucets. Water pressure that […]

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Water Heater Maintenance Video

Water Heater, T&P Valve, Expansion Tank

This video outlines a key component to water heater maintenance that is often overlooked, the expansion tank. http://youtu.be/-LvMenQsRh4 What does the expansion tank do? The expansion tank will allow expanding water (water expands when it heats) a place to go. Do you need one? You need an expansion tank if you are on a water […]

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How to Unclog a Toilet

Toilet Auger

In the latest episode The Handyguys discuss several ways to unclog a toilet. http://youtu.be/wp5pcwVXnAk Yes, you can use a typical plunger if you have a clogged toilet. It works most of the time. What do you do if the plunger fails? Don’t despair, try one of the other techniques discussed in this video. Plungers A […]

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Installing a faucet and water filter

Pfister faucet install

Installing a faucet and water filter doesn’t need to be hard, in this new video from The Handyguys we show you the basic steps to installing a faucet and water filter. http://youtu.be/EWj0K9RgMIc Installing a new kitchen Faucet In this video The Handyguys install the new Pfister Pasadena Kitchen faucet featuring: Install Tool included two-function spray-head integrated flexible […]

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The True Value experience and Delta Faucets 2011

In this audio episode The Handyguys discuss the advantages of a local True Value store and the latest line of Delta faucets. Not Your Grandmother’s Faucet.  Handyguy Fan correspondent visits Delta Faucet Mike from “thediygeek” went on a media tour of Delta Faucet in Indianapolis, IN. He reports in on this episode of the Podcast. […]

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Replacing Water Heater Expansion Tanks and Ipe Decking

Load of Ipe for Brian's Deck

In this audio episode of The Handyguys Podcast, Paul continues his discussion about his leaky hot water heater and Brian reveals what material he chose for his deck project. Temperature and Pressure T&P valves and Expansion tanks Water heaters all have Temperature and Pressure (T&P) valves, many also have expansion tanks. When a T&P valve […]

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Repair a leaking water heater T&P and planning for a new deck

Leaky T&P Tempature and Pressure valve

In this audio episode of The Handyguys Podcast The Handyguys discuss their recent projects; repairing a leaky hot water heater and preparing for a new back yard deck. Water Heater Leaky T&P – Temperature and Pressure valve Leaking water heater – leaks coming from the hot water heater’s T&P valve are very common.  Some folks just overlook the […]

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Foamy faucets, cloudy dishes, frog tape giveaway, toilet troubles and bad gas cans

Frog Tape giveaway

The Handyguys revisit some old issues and discuss some new ones – foamy faucets, cloudy dishes, frog tape giveaway, toilet troubles and bad gas caps on this audio episode. Topic 1:  The Moen Faucet with foamy smelly water. Paul discusses his Moen faucet with the pull out braided hose and how it still produces smelly […]

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Tween Painting Party And Foamy Faucet Trouble

pre-teen painting

In this audio episode of The Handyguys Podcast we discuss if giving a pre-teen free rein on painting her room with her friends is a good idea, we then discuss a vexing issue with Paul’s kitchen sink faucet. Pre-teen Painting She is 12, she wanted her room painted. She wanted to DIY. It was her […]

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Avoiding Poison Ivy And Plumbing Tips

Creeping Poison Ivy

The Handyguys discuss another challenge for home improvement, poison ivy. How to get rid of it and how to keep from getting the rash. We end the show with a follow-up to a brief plumbing question from last week. Poison Ivy Identifying it Brian was always taught “3 leaves and shiny” but that is not […]

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How To Turn Off The Water In An Emergency

Ball Valve

Everyone in your household should know where the main water shutoff valve is, The Handyguys discuss why. Avert Disaster Disaster averted. One of the Handyguys got a call from someone at home about water leaking out from the cabinet under the kitchen sink. Obviously this isn’t normal. With no handyguy around do the members of […]

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Exploding Water Heaters And Home Networking

Basic components of a water heater, T&P, expansion tank, water supply, gas line

Exploding water heaters and home networking are discussed on this episode of The Handyguys Podcast. Can a hot water heater really explode? The Handyguys address a comment on their website regarding a hot water heater that has expanded and caused the pipes above to leak. Fortunately, there were no explosions. The Handyguys also …

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Ideal Water Pressure, Fixing A Damaged Wall And V-Jaw Pliers

Busted Pipe

The Handyguys received a distraught email from one of our listeners regarding a DIY disaster. It seems that Leroy has the challenge of fixing a hack job from the previous homeowner. Hi guys, I recently purchased a house. The home was built in 1990. In the master bedroom there is an 8 inch paper boarder […]

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Video – Toilet Repair – Fill Valve Replacement

The Handyguys have a new video! Toilet fill valves are the second most common toilet repair after flapper replacements. We put this short video together to take some of the mystery out of the process. We hope you find it useful. As always, comments are welcome. We will be back after the first of the […]

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Using Leaf Blowers Vs Rakes And Repairing Leaky Showers

Leaf blowers, rakes and a question about leaky showers The Handyguys discuss the contest to giveaway a great toolkit, some possible problems with a leaky shower valve and weather a rake or a leaf blower is the correct tool for collecting leaves. To enter the contest you just need to leave a comment on Episode […]

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Water Powered Backup Sump Pumps

Basepump Ejector pump

Water powered backup sump pumps Never have water in your basement again due to a failed sump pump or a power outage. Water powered sump pumps do not require any electricity to operate. In this episode we address backup sump pumps, in particular water powered sump pumps. We were contacted by a listener via twitter […]

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Installing Cabinet Veneer And Fireplace Conversions

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Cabinet Veneer and Fireplace Conversions In this episode of The Handyguys Podcast we address two listener questions, one from voicemail about changing the look of a bathroom vanity and one through our contact form about converting a fireplace from gas to wood burning. Refinishing a bathroom vanity This question was left on our voicemail, listen […]

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Installing Wood Floors On Concrete, Dripping Faucets And Finding Stains

WoodOnConcrete

Wood Floors on Concrete, Plumbing Repair and Finding Carpet Stains This is a very full show covering many different topics. We start off commenting on a article in Fine Home Building magazine about wood floors over concrete, address two listener questions (one on leaky faucets and one on garbage disposals), and then we wrap up […]

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Deck Stains And Tub Glazing

Deck

The Handyguys Discuss Deck and Tub finishes in One Podcast. That’s right, tub finishes. Deck Stains First up is a question from Joan that came in through our new call-in service (see the large “Call-me” link on our web page).  Joan asks about the best finish for wood decking with undesirable variations in color.  She […]

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DIY Kitchen Remodel

A finished Handyguy kitchen remodel

The Handyguys Brian & Paul discuss a DIY kitchen remodel. Some of the topics discussed in this podcast: Planning Skills Tools Timeline Budget When to bring in a professional Listen to the podcast for details and enjoy the before and after pictures. The first three are before pictures. The rest are after. Click on any […]

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Using Primer, What Is Pex And Why CFLs

Skipping primer or improperly prepping a surface for paint cant be a Costly DIY Mistake

Primer, PEX and CFLs Costly Handyguy Mistakes: Primer. Use it or lose it. The Handyguys continue their new segment this week called Costly DIY Mistakes. These are mistakes are ones we have personally seen or have been asked about by our listeners. This weeks mistake is not using primer when painting. The Handyguys discuss when […]

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