DIY Safety Tips from The Family Handyman

The Family Handyman website is one of my favorite sites. It’s associated with The Family Handyman magazine and if you’re anything like me, you’ll start exploring it and look up to find that four days have gone by and you haven’t stopped to sleep or eat (okay, that’s a little exaggerated, but not by much). It has a massive collection of DIY Projects, downloads, home repair tips, and a whole lot more.

I don’t bring this website up to make your spouse a DIY widow but rather because, in conjunction with what this blog is about, it has an awesome collection of safety tips, tools and articles.

Head to the DIY Tips for Home Safety section of the website for all kinds of safety related stuff as it relates to your home.

Here’s a brief example of some of the stuff you’ll find there:
DIY Safety Tips – Our staff and field editors tell of the DIY mistakes they’ve made and the lessons learned from ladders, electricity, roofs, power nailers,…
How to Store Gasoline – Store gasoline in approved containers and well away from ignition sources and where children can’t reach it. Add a fuel stabilizer as well.
LED Safety Lighting – A retractable LED work light is safer than incandescent drop lights and a pocket LED puts light right where you need it in tight quarters.
Home Emergency Preparedness Guide – Learn to meet home disasters—both big and small—head-on without panic. Take effective action on burst pipes, flooded basements,…
Testing GFCI Outlets – All GFCI outlets have one little-known flaw: their circuitry eventually wears out, usually after about 10 years, at which point they no longer…
Home Disaster Prevention Tips – When it comes to home safety, plumbing and electrical problems do a lot more damage than crooks. Here are our top tips for what you can do to…
How to Prevent Home Fires – You can vastly cut down deadly fire risks by exercising good safety habits and simple prevention steps. This article lists the “Big…
Top 10 Electrical Mistakes – Wiring problems and mistakes are all too common, and if left uncorrected have the potential to cause short circuits, shocks and even fires.…
Safety First: Install an Outdoor Staircase Railing – Replace a wobbly old outdoor handrail with a rock solid one by using strong concrete anchors. We show you how to design and attach one to your…
How to Fix a Wobbly Bookcase – Stabilize a wobbly bookcase on carpet by providing solid floor support, installing adjustable feet and by anchoring it to the wall studs.
Tips to Lower Your Home Insurance Bill – Making your home safer (and avoiding red flags) makes your home a better risk, which can reduce your insurance premiums by 10 to 45 percent.
How to Work Alone – If you have to work on DIY projects by yourself, you can increase productivity and limit aggravation with a crew of clamps, jigs, ropes and duct…
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s a whole lot more to sift through so have fun looking it all over but don’t forget to eat and sleep.

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