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How to Fix a Gas Stove That Won’t Light

Dealing with a stove that won’t light or takes too long to ignite can be frustrating and unsafe. Rather than dealing with unburnt fuel making its way into your home or resorting to take-out because the stove won’t kick on, check out this guide on what to look for when trying to repair a stove that won’t light.
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How to Install a New Basement Circuit

Master electrician Heath Eastman solves a homeowner’s breaker problem by installing a new basement circuit.
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The 5 Best Oven Cleaners (2024 Review)

Oven cleaners are for the occasional deep clean of your oven. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best oven cleaners on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you. The products included in this article are available at local home centers and online retailers like Amazon.
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How to Keep Your Garbage Disposal Running Smoothly

Don’t let improper use and deferred maintenance prevent your garbage disposal from working optimally. Follow these expert tips to learn how to maintain this pulverizing powerhouse, so it stays clean and performs to its potential.
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The 6 Best Granite Sealers (2024 Guide)

Granite sealer is a must-have item for anyone who wants to maintain their granite countertops. In this guide, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the six best granite sealers on Amazon.
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The 5 Best Stainless Steel Cleaners (2023 Review)

Refrigerators, microwaves, sinks, grills, and other appliances are often made from easy-to-smudge stainless steel. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best stainless steel cleaners to help you find the product that’s right for you. The products included in this article are available at various retail stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.
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How to Clean a Gas Stovetop

It’s no surprise that your stovetop can get messy—it’s where you cook and prepare most of your meals. It’s easy to neglect cleaning it regularly, but you can remove cooked-on stains and grease with ease with a few simple steps.
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How to Clean Butcher Block Surfaces

Learn how to sanitize and protect your butcher block with these easy DIY steps.
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Best Trash Cans (Tested and Ranked)

Our team put some of today's best kitchen trash cans to the test. Check our our findings and top recommendations.
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8 Ways to Make Your Refrigerator More Efficient

Follow these simple tips to keep your fridge operating in tip-top condition.
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How to Clean Kitchen Cabinets

Banish the worst greasy messes from the cupboards and drawers that hold everything in your cook space.
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How to Clean a Stainless-Steel Sink

Stainless steel is a popular finish choice for refrigerators and dishwashers, but it’s a common pick for kitchen sinks, too. It’s durable and doesn’t stain, but some extra care is needed to keep it looking its best. Here are some tips to maintain a stainless-steel sink that’s spotless as well.
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Refrigerator Leaking Water? Here’s How to Fix It

If your refrigerator is leaking water, it could be due to an issue that you can easily fix. Learn about ways you can identify the problem and find out how you can protect your wallet in the case that professional maintenance is necessary.

How to Clean a Garbage Disposal

Like any appliance, your garbage disposal needs a good cleaning every once in a while, or you could end up with a breeding ground for harmful bacteria or mold. Follow this guide to learn how to easily clean your garbage disposal.

How to Fix a Dishwasher That Won’t Drain

Dishwasher not draining? Repair can be an easy DIY project. Read our guide to diagnose and fix your dishwasher on your own.
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How to Remove Old Grout

If the grout in your kitchen or bathroom is chipped, moldy, or just no longer working for you, it may be time to replace it. Follow our guide for removing it manually or with a power tool.
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How to Get a Sparkling Clean Microwave

It’s super easy to clean this gadget, no matter the level the filth. Follow these easy directions for getting your microwave sparkling clean.
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What to Do if Your Range Vent Hood Leaks Cold Air

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Kitchen Faucet Parts: Everything You Need to Know

Your kitchen faucet is one of the most-used parts of your kitchen. Whether you’re buying or looking to replace parts, here’s what you need to know about it.
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How to Fix a Leaky Faucet

Learn about 4 types of faucets, what causes a faucet to drip, and how to repair them.
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How to Deal with Common Kitchen Plumbing Problems

Here’s how to fix leaks and clear clogs in your kitchen sink.
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How to Clean a Dishwasher

Is your dishwasher ready for prime time? Here are some dishwasher cleaning tips to ensure that your dinnerware gets sparkling clean
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Understanding the Cycles of a Dishwasher

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey takes host Kevin O’Connor inside a dishwasher to explain each cycle
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Restoring a Butcher-Block Countertop

When wood counters lose their good looks, here’s how to make them beautiful again, and keep them looking that way
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How a Plumbing Trap Can Lose Water

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey explains several reasons why a trap may be losing water
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How to Replace a Smelly Dishwasher Drain Hose

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey comes up smelling sweet by installing a new discharge hose
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How to Choose and Maintain a Garbage Disposer

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shares some tricks for removing—and avoiding—stubborn disposer jams
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How to Fix a Noisy Faucet

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey quiets a tap that's making a hammering sound
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How to Maintain a Stone Countertop

This Old House host Kevin O'Connor learns important maintenance tips from stone countertop contractor Jason Keefe
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Get a Handle on the Kitchen Faucet

Know the name and function of all the parts of your leaky faucet so you can decide whether you can repair it yourself or need to call in a pro
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All About Tile Grout and How to Clean It

Explore the basics of grout — the difference between cement-based and epoxy grout, sealers, colors and cleaning.
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Reface or Replace Cabinets?

Is refacing kitchen cabinets a viable option or a mail-marketed ripoff?