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The Family Handyman

4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (837 customer reviews)

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Get the job done right with expert tips and complete DIY projects for every level—from seasoned pros to weekend DIYers! Review

The Family Handyman magazine provides everything readers need to complete home improvement projects and other jobs around the house. From a Question & Answers section for readers to articles detailing the top tools, you will find tips and suggestions on the best way to handle any project on your to-do list.

Each issue of The Family Handyman magazine includes a Great Goofs section, which details some of the worst mistakes that readers made around the house. If you ever felt silly after accidentally knocking out the power or forgetting to turn off the water, these stories will make you feel a little better and a little more confident. When you need advice, you can turn to the Workshop Tips section, where writers give you basic tips on how to work more efficiently in your workshop.

The New Products section helps you learn more about specific tools and products for your projects. In addition to photographs and a basic description, the article also includes tips on using the product. The Family Handyman magazine also has an Ask the Handyman section, where readers post questions and experts offer advice and tips, but you can also head to the Handy Hits section for even more tips. These tips come directly from readers just like you who found simple ways to make major projects go a little faster and more smoothly, including building projects and home improvement jobs.

Subscribing to The Family Handyman magazine is like getting advice from an expert who has years of experience building and working with his hands.

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  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (837 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47 in Magazines (See Top 100 in Magazines)
  • This magazine subscription is provided by Reader's Digest Association

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216 of 224 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the do-it-yourselfer! August 17, 2002
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Here's a fun and enjoyable magazine for a homeowner, or anyone who needs to do small to large home projects.

This is not a stuffy magazine on how to install your Italian marble whirlpool or how to remodel your 1875 New England Colonial. This is for the typical homeowner who wants ideas on new projects, and how to repair the everyday items around your house. Humor and well laid out instructions are the backbone of this magazine. (One of the best things is they admit where they made errors along the way of the project.)

What I like about this magazine?

***Ask Handyman
Here are questions from readers that are answered on various projects.

***Workshop Tips
In this section readers offer suggestions to use in your workshop to make a project go smoother.

***Handy Hints
More reader suggestions to help around the house. (It's like having that wise old handyman offer you tons of tips and ideas.)

***Great Goofs
Funny errors do-it-yourselfers offer on projects they attempted.

What I don't like about the magazine?

***New Products Section

These are the short, usually a paragraph or two, tips and suggestions that include a new product that makes a project easier. A web address or toll-free number to order the product follows the article. I often wonder if the product is really good or if the manufacturer just paid the magazine to talk it up.

As you can see the number of advantages far outweighs the disadvantages so a strong rating is a must for this magazine. I hope you enjoy it!
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87 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Great Ideas and Tips December 6, 2002
Subscription Term Name:1 year
This magazine strikes the perfect balance between ambitious home improvements and simple quick fixes of home maintenance. As a "weekend warrior" around the house, I want to see projects that I can actually do in a reasonable amount of time and without every specialty tool known to mankind.
Every issue there is one project that might take 3 weekends and even if I don't intend to do them, I always learn something. Very clear, easy to understand instructions and tips along the way.
There are a good selection of cool tools and time saving tips for everyday projects. They embed enough humor to keep the reading interesting. About the only bad thing I can say is that occasionally, they get a bit corny with their jokes but even that has seemed to drop off lately.
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227 of 251 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Info, Bad Ads September 7, 2006
By Rebecca
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I like the information brought forth in this magazine. Some things were relevant, some not (25 steps to cleaning my car is not very relevant). The only gripe I had with this mag is the effluous flow of Viagara and "Better Sex" video ads sprawled throughout the magazine-- I counted SEVEN such ads in one issue! My kids love to read "This Old House" and "Old House Journal," but "Family Handyman" was off limits. Too bad. To the magazine writers: Not EVERY handyman-type magazine reader is a man, and not EVERY magazine reader needs to be bombarded with the same crap that floods my email inbox.
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130 of 147 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars False Advertisement- CAUTION November 2, 2011
Subscription Term Name:1 year
This is the first review I have ever written on any website. I purchased 10 issues and when I received the second magazine there was a letter that stated "We are pleased to present you with this very special, bigger-than-ever November issue....This edition is so big, in fact, that we are treating it as a special issue that will count toward two of your subscriber issues, so the duration of your subscription will be adjusted accordingly....It's loyal customers like you who make our magazine so successful."

This issues is SOOOOOO BIG that it is 20 whole pages longer than the previous one, 108 vs. 128. WOW!!
I wonder how many magazines I will actually receive now because of other reviews I have read and the fact that they could try and do this again and again.

This is unacceptable to myself, and if they expect to have "loyal" customers then they need maintain proper/high business practices, values, standards, and ethics. I am about to email them,
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86 of 96 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Subscribe October 31, 2011
By H2Odog
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I too have been a longtime subscriber to The Family Handyman magazine. I found their "Double-issue" scam to be unethical and offensive. I figure my subscription is a contract: I pay my bill and I get a fixed number of issues. To arbitrarily announce that this is a "Double Issue" and my subscription will be reduced by one issue, amounts to breach of contract. The same has happened with subscribers to Rachael Ray's "Everyday" magazine. (They are both published by Readers Digest Association.)
Furthermore, I have always resented their sending me "red-letter notices" about my "subscription renewal" implying that my subscription was about to expire. My subscription wasn't scheduled to expire for 2 years !! I have cancelled my subscription !!
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73 of 81 people found the following review helpful
Subscription Term Name:1 year
My ONLY gripe with this magazine is that the pictures are like those you would find in GQ magazine: they hire models to show you driving a nail or shoveling dirt for that new patio. These people use only brand new tools (brand name label showing of course) in a perfect-world dust free environment. The pictures make it look like it's a Sears catalogue.

Aside from that, the articles are great making it one of the best magazines for the do-it-yourselfer. I have saved more money from the tips in this magazine than any other magazine I subscribe to. Most articles can be done by any semi-skilled craftsman with access to a decent set of tools, making it an approachable magazine for the DIY'er.

I highly recedommend this magazine in conjunction with Fine Homebuilding magazine. In that magazine you will find that the pictures are of real people operating used tools in a real environment. The articles in Handyman are a bit more down-to-Earth, but together you will get the most benefit.
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