Wiring Outlets

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  • How to Add an Outdoor Outlet

    Add an outdoor electrical outlet to get power to where you need it, especially for holiday lights. Do it safely and easily with this simple…

  • How to Install Electrical Outlets in the Kitchen

    Not that long ago, the average kitchen counter was home to a toaster, coffeemaker and maybe a blender, but things have changed. It’s getting…

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  • How to Add Outlets Easily With Surface Wiring

    With surface wiring you can add outlets, switches and lights wherever you want easily and quickly, without tearing open a wall. When you paint…

  • How to Make Two-Prong Outlets Safer

    Increase the safety of your old two-prong outlets by installing a new ground fault circuit interrupter receptacle. The GFCI will protect…

  • How to Install GFCI Outlets

    Installing a GFCI outlet doesn't have to be confusing. Closeup photos show how to install a GFCI without getting “line” and…

  • How to Install a Floor Outlet

    Sometimes electricity is just not where you need it, especially in big rooms and in older houses. A floor outlet may be the perfect way to solve…

  • Add an Electrical Outlet

    Eliminate those ugly and often dangerous extension cords. You can add a new outlet quickly and easily without tearing open a wall, if you…

  • How to Wire a Garage (Unfinished)

    Frustrated by too few outlets in your garage? Lighting that’s too dim? Or maybe you just want to install a garage door opener and need a nearby…

  • How to Install Outdoor Lighting and Outlet

    Run an underground electrical line into the garden to power an outdoor light or a pond pump. Here’s the quickest and cheapest method for…

  • Tighten a Loose Outlet

    Do you have outlets with cracked cover plates? The outlet box was probably set too deep, leaving the outlet unsupported. Here's a quick fix that…

  • Replacing Electrical Outlet

    Is there a way to replace a two-slot outlet with a three-slot outlet without running a new ground wire halfway through the house?

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