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How to Unclog a Toilet Like a Plumber [VIDEO]

by Brett

Your video guide to unclogging the unruliest of clogs in your toilet. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new videos as soon as they’re posted. If you’re viewing this in your email, click this link to watch the video. Editing by Jordan Crowder  

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A Complete Guide to Home Fire Prevention and Safety

by Jeremy Anderberg
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This post is brought to you by Kidde Worry-Free Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms. Find out more here. Everything you need to know to prevent and prepare for a home fire.

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Keep Your House in Tip-Top Shape: An Incredibly Handy Home Maintenance Checklist

by Jeremy Anderberg

Update: One of our commenters, Brandon Beeson, was kind enough to put this into a Google Doc as a checklist. Click here to access that document. Feel free to print and use as needed! Thanks Brandon! When buying a home, most people probably first think of the financial responsibility. Don’t let yourself forget, however, about […]

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How to Grout Tile

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Ethan Hagan at One Project Closer. Grouting tile joints is one of the last steps for installing a tile floor, and if done properly, grout gives the floor a cohesive, finished look. To demonstrate the proper way to apply grout, I’ve partnered with Jim and Rich from Diamond […]

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No More Tangled Extension Cords: How to Wrap Up Your Extension Cord Like a Contractor

by Brett

Do your extension cords look like this when you’re unraveling them, no matter how nicely they were wrapped up? Today I’m going to show you a tip that will banish tangled and knotted extension cords from your life. It’s called the Contractor’s Wrap, and I learned it from a Boy Scout leader who worked as an HVAC […]

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How to Wire an Outlet

by A Manly Guest Contributor

This is a guest post by Ethan Hagan from One Project Closer. Check out some of his other manly contributions like How to Install a Toilet. Being able to wire an outlet is a great skill to have in your repertoire, and, once mastered, you’ll be able to replace old or damaged outlets in a matter of […]

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How to Install a Toilet

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Ethan Hagan of One Project Closer. Check out some of his other manly contributions like Making Your Own Cribbage Board. Is your toilet cracked or damaged? Did your kid flush something that’s blocking the line? Are you looking to upgrade your commode? There are plenty of reasons […]

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In Praise of the Push Reel Mower

by Brett & Kate McKay

I recently became a homeowner and along with my first house came another first: my very own little piece of land to tend. And since Kate and I had been living in apartments for all our married life, I needed to buy a mower to take care of our lawn. Like most Americans, I grew […]

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How to Patch a Hole in Your Drywall

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editors note: This is a guest post by Ethan Hagan from One Project Closer. If you missed it, check out Ethan’s last contribution about building an all-purpose workbench. How to repair drywall is one of the most common questions on a home improvement website, and here’s the reason why. It’s tough to successfully patch a […]

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15 Ways to Winterize Your Home

by Brett & Kate McKay

It doesn’t take much to get your home ready for Old Man Winter. A single weekend is all you need to properly winterize your home. Below, I’ve listed 15 things you can do to ensure you have a warm, safe house this winter and money left in your pocket for holiday shopping.

This post is brought to you by Goodyear. Click here to learn more about Winter Reactive Technology from Goodyear. What is this?
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How to Unclog a Toilet Like a Plumber

by Brett & Kate McKay

It’s every man’s worst fear. You’re at someone’s house, you  finish doing your business and flush the toilet, but instead of going down, the water comes up along with whatever you just deposited in the bowl. Would you be paralyzed with panic in that moment? Or do you know what to do? For some reason, […]

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How to Build Sturdy Basement Shelves

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s Note: Every now and then, we feature an excellent blog post that was originally posted in The Art of Manliness Community by a community member. Today we’re featuring an article from one of our most prolific community members, Will. Thanks for the great write up, Will! If you’re thinking about learning a handy skill, […]

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Make Your Yard Look Like Wrigley Field

by Brett & Kate McKay

Image by Rusty Z3 One of the prettiest sites to behold is the lush, green, manicured grass of a professional baseball field. It’s amazing to see how everyday grass can be turned into a canvas of geometrical lines and shapes. Many a man has lusted after creating the same “striped” look in their own yard. […]

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