House and Components

A house is much more than just a collection of rooms. Here’s everything that goes into making your house a home.

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    What To Know About Burying Underground Electrical Cable

    Running electric power to a garage or garden pond? Learn about code requirements, trench depth options, conduit material and types of electrical wire.

    Guide To Under Sink Water Heaters

    Tired of wasting water while you're waiting for it to get hot? Waste no more by installing a tank-style or...


    Solar Panel Maintenance Guide

    From droughts to blizzards, here's how to keep your residential solar panels performing at their peak.


    What To Know About Solar Batteries

    Solar battery technology has advanced in leaps and bounds in recent years. Here's what makes a battery a solar battery.


    Guide To Water Storage Tanks

    Water storage tanks are the backbone of a well pump system. They can be metal or plastic, pressurized or not,...

    What to Know About Replacing Gas Appliances in Your Home

    From heat pumps to induction stoves, here are the appliances you can install to switch away from gas — and...


    Homeowner’s Guide To Well Water Testing

    How to initiate well water testing, what contaminants to test for and other safety tips.

    Homeowner’s Guide To Irrigation Systems

    You can irrigate your lawn or garden with an automated sprinkler or drip system. Sprinklers irrigate more widely, but they...


    What Is a Cistern Water System?

    Has your interest in alternative water systems made you ask, what is a cistern? Read on to learn about this...


    When You Leave Home, Should You Turn Off Your Air Conditioner?

    A recent study has the answer, and it's more complicated that a simple "yes" or "no." It depends on several...


    14 Over Kitchen Sink Lights That Are Functional and Stylish

    From pendants to flush mounts, modern to classic, the right over kitchen sink light adds style and brightens up your...

    8 Best Well Water Testing Kits

    A DIY well water test kit helps ensure your home's water is safe. Here are our favorites.


    6 Best Well Water Filtration Systems

    When your water source is a well, it's up to you to determine if you need a well water filtration...


    Does Lighting Your Property Actually Make It Safer?

    A well-lit perimeter might feel reassuring. But excess security lighting can actually foster crime, annoy your neighbors and mess with...


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    8 Best Outdoor Flood Lights to Light Up Your Property

    A well-lit home is not only more secure, it's got great curb appeal! Here are the best outdoor flood lights...


    The Headlamp I Never Knew I Needed

    This top-notch Fenix HM65r headlamp showed me the light when I thought my old headlamp was fine.

    Want an Air Conditioner Covered in Moss?

    A moss air conditioner? Is this a prank? Nope, just a good-looking AC that's better for the environment than most.


    How to Build an Infrared Sauna

    Get all the benefits of a sauna without the expensive health club membership.


    How To Fix a Circuit Breaker That Keeps Tripping

    Circuit breaker keeps tripping? Don't just reset and forget. Circuit breakers protect your home and family, so fix that situation...


    5 Signs a Home Has “Good Bones” According To Real Estate Pros

    Your real estate agent says a house you looked at has "good bones," but what does that even mean? We...


    How To Splice Wires

    Doing some DIY electrical work? Electrical circuits are only as safe as the splices you make. Learn how to splice...


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    This LG Portable Air Conditioner Will Help Get You Through the Dog Days

    We spent a week testing this portable AC unit at a normally hot and sticky cabin. Here's what we found.


    How to Install a Window Air Conditioner

    Installing a window air conditioner is an easy way to keep your cool.


    The Levoit 400S Air Purifier Will Make Your Home More Comfortable

    You spend a lot of time keeping your house clean, so you should consider the air quality, too. The Levoit...

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    Living Your Best Off-Grid Life: How to Get Your Remote Home Equipped with Power

    Off-grid living is supposed to be about simplifying life. Here’s how to make sure it actually ends up that way,...


    5 Types of Circuit Breakers

    Circuit breakers protect our lives and property from dangerous electrical situations. Here's what you need to know about these critical...


    More Than One Million Breaker Boxes Recalled Because of Fire Hazard

    The recall is due to the threat of "thermal burn and fire hazards."


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    What’s a Bladeless Ceiling Fan and Does It Really Work?

    Ever hear of a bladeless ceiling fan?  Neither had I.  So we tried one out, and I have to say...


    Homeowner’s Guide To Path Lighting

    Unlike other landscape lights, path lights have a singular purpose: to light the path. Here's a rundown of the solar...


    What to Know About Air Duct Cleaning

    What does an air duct cleaning entail? A professional discusses what to expect with this process.