Electrical

Projects and advice for outdoor lighting, adding new outlets and all electrical projects.

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  • Preventing Electrical Overloads

  • Electrical overloads can be dangerous. In this article, we’ll explain how electrical circuits work, how to figure out which outlets are on which…

  • Best Electrical Tape

  • Which electrical tape is best? A master electrician tells you why he chooses Scotch 33+ above all the others.

  • Installing Electric Heaters

  • An electric heater can be a good option for warming up a cold room. We'll show strategies for adding an in-wall electric heater wherever you…

  • 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.…

  • Electrical Boxes: How to Add Capacity

  • If you're adding wires or a bigger device to an electrical box, you may need additional capacity. There are two ways to enlarge an existing box…

  • How to Use a Multimeter

  • We'll show you how to use this monster of a tool for troubleshooting almost any type of electrical wiring or appliance. Once you understand…

  • Test Batteries With a Multitester

  • Not sure about your smoke alarm battery? Wondering about the mystery batteries in your kitchen drawer? Check them with a multitester to find out…

  • Upgrade a Recessed Light Fixture

  • Improve the appearance of your recessed lights by simply changing the trim. The task is simple and takes only minutes—no tools needed!

  • How to Increase Internet Speed

  • Supplement wireless computer systems with wired connections where ever possible to boost speed and performance. Running the wires is usually…

  • Kitchen Lighting Tips

  • Better kitchen lighting doesn't have to cost a fortune. These 5 upgrades—track lighting, undercabinet lighting, recessed lighting,…

  • How to Balance a Ceiling Fan

  • We show you how to adjust and balance your ceiling fan blades to stop the wobble and rattle. Get your fan running smoothly again in 15 minutes.

  • How to Repair the TV Remote

  • Most of the time you can fix your TV remote yourself with a simple repair kit and avoid the high cost of a replacement.

  • Bad TV Reception? Here's One Fix

  • Bad TV reception with cable service may be due to something as simple as a corroded coax cable connection. Instead of waiting for the cable guy…

  • Energy Vampires

  • Save energy and money by reducing “stand by” losses through electrical appliances and devices. We show you what wastes electricity…

  • How to Install a Ceiling Fan Remote

  • Old ceiling fans may have inconvenient pull chains, make noise or need repairs. One easy fix is to install a ceiling fan remote control. You may…

  • Smart Light Switches

  • Buy smart light switches for convenience, safety and to save money. Some light up for easy switching at night, some switch on and off…

  • How to Hang a Ceiling Light Fixture

  • Change a drab room into a dazzling one with a new overhead light fixture. Here's how to mount that new fixture correctly and safely using…

  • How to Install Ceiling Fans

  • A ceiling fan improves cooling in summer and heating in winter. The result: You feel more comfortable while you save on utility bills. And…

  • How to Wire a Finished Garage

  • If your garage doesn’t have enough outlets and you’re sick of squinting to see what you’re working on, then here’s the…

  • How to Install a Ceiling Fan Brace

  • The Family Handyman Senior Editor, Gary Wentz, will show you how to remove an old light and install a ceiling fan brace so you can properly…

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