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How Stuff Works

What is the name of that doo-hickey? A house can be a bewildering assemblage of parts. It pays to know what those parts are called and how they work when making repairs, hiring help, or visiting the home center. By Don Vandervort, the author of the book “How Your House Works”, these articles and diagrams will demystify your home. 

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How Home Water Supply Works

An expert guide about how home water supply systems work, with information and detailed diagrams that explain how water is distributed through the pipes. Copper

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Floor Framing & Structure

In This Article: Floor Joists The Subfloor The Sill Plate An illustrated look at how a typical wood-frame floor is built, including sublooring and more

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House Foundation Types and Diagrams

How basic foundations are built, including slabs, perimeter foundations, concrete blocks, and piers A house needs a foundation to shoulder its considerable weight, provide a

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Sink & Drain Plumbing

In This Article: Sink Drains What Is a Sink Trap? Diagrams and helpful advice on how kitchen and bathroom sink and drain plumbing works Kitchen

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How Home Ventilation Works

A little humidity is important to comfort in a home, particularly in winter. But too much vapor, combined with fumes from synthetic materials, pesticides, cleansers,

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