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Projects and advice for outdoor lighting, adding new outlets and all electrical projects.
DIY Dictionary: Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter
An arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) is a device that 'trips' or shuts down power...
How to Install a 3-Way Switch
Convert an existing two-way switch to a three-way switch and run new wire to the...
DIY Dictionary: Remodeling Box
What's a remodeling box? Most electrical boxes in your home are nailed to the wall...
DIY Dictionary: 3-Way Switch
What is a 3-way switch? A three-way switch is one that allows you to control...
9 Things Electricians Wish You Knew About Batteries
We interviewed electrical engineer Maynard Guadiz to find out what we should really know about...
10 Incredible New Light Fixtures for 2018
A new light fixture can change the look of a room, whether you're swapping out...
Note Breaker Number On Outlet Cover
Once I've determined which circuit that a switch or outlet belongs to, I jot down...
How to Install a Ceiling Fan Mounting Bracket
The Family Handyman Senior Editor, Gary Wentz, will show you how to remove an old...
10 Things You Should Know About LED Christmas Lights
You're probably thinking about what to give those on your holiday gift lists. But have...
14 Modern Pendant Lighting Trends That’ll Light Up Your Life
Modern pendant lighting is all about clean lines, bright materials, and the right scale. Here...
10 Reasons You Should Upgrade to a Mesh Router
Do you have internet dead zones in your home? These annoying areas of low or...
How a Leaky Tub Cost Me Hundreds
Water and electricity are a dangerous match—and expensive. I recently learned that the hard...
15 Ideas For Outdoor String Lights That Will Make You Want to Live Outside
Far from the colored plastic holiday-style lights of days gone by, today's outdoor string lights...
LED Lights for Your Workshop
Get better, brighter workshop lighting by switching from fluorescent bulbs to LEDs.
Dealing With Electrical Wires That Are Too Short
When working with electrical, you will run into a situation where someone didn’t leave...
Replacing a 3-Way Switch
All three-way switches have one screw that is a different color than the others.
How to Connect Wires to Terminal Screws
Whether running wire to a switch or an outlet, you need to know the proper...
Troubleshooting: How to Fix a Light
Have a broken light but don't know why it doesn't work? Get to the bottom...
Smart Light Switches
Easy-to-install smart light switches deliver more safety, convenience and can cut your energy bills.
How to Fix Burned Wire
How to fix the insulation on burned wire quickly and easily
How to Install a Tamper-Resistant Outlet
Safer outlets cost less than a dollar and are easy to install
Check the Wattage Before You Install a Dimmer Switch
Make sure the one you chose can handle the wattage
How to Run Wire Through a Wall to Avoid Water Leaks
Tips for a trouble-free installation
How to Add a Light
Make an existing switch do double duty.
Electrical Boxes: How to Add Capacity
Two ways to solve this common remodeling problem
Install a Wall Hugger Receptacle
Save space and reduce outlet clutter
Testing GFCI Outlets
Electrical safety check
How to Find the Correct Motion-Activated Switch for Fluorescent Lights
Use switches rated for electronic ballasts with most newer fluorescent lights
When to Use Cheap Light Switches
A look inside the switch can help you decide
Upgrade a Recessed Light Fixture
Simply change the trim to change the style
Tips for Replacing Fluorescent Bulbs
They may look burned out, but don't get rid of them until the light goes bad
Save Money by Upgrading Fluorescent Fixtures
Replacing the ballast in an old fixture is a must