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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    How To Use Task Lighting Effectively

    Task lighting brightens your work and reduces eye strain. Here's how DIYers can make best use of it in the garage and workshop.

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    Is Solid-State Electricity the Future of Home Electricity?

    One of the largest infrastructures on the planet might be getting an overhaul. Here's how solid-state electricity could impact your...


    Do You Need a Home Battery Backup System?

    If the power goes out or your electric bill rises, a backup battery system be a lifesaver. Here's how to...


    Should You Leave a Window Open in the Winter?

    It's freezing out. Do you open a window? Experts weigh in on this controversial practice.


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    How To Fix Kinks in PEX Pipes

    Got a plumbing job ahead? PEX pipes make things easier, and learning the various ways to fix kinks is a...

    What To Know About PEX Pipe Connections

    Have a plumbing job coming up? PEX pipe is well worth considering, and learning how PEX connections work is the...


    7 Best Garage Air Conditioners of 2023

    Discover the best garage air conditioning solutions to fit your needs, including portable, window-mount, mini-split and swamp cooler systems.

    The 10 Best Garage Fan Picks to Keep You Cool During Hot Months

    When temps rise from steamy to sweltering, staying cool is essential. Add one of these best garage fan options to...


    Why Does Hydrogen Come in Different Colors?

    Hydrogen is a colorless gas, so why does it come in different colors? Surprisingly, the colors refer to the methods...


    10 Ways to Filter Water

    Whether for an emergency kit, a home system or an on-the-go solution, here are the easiest and best ways to...


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    How to Solder Wires

    Here's is how to solder wires to achieve a durable and long-lasting connection.

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    Homeowner’s Guide to Electrical Grounding and How It Works

    You know electrical grounding is important. What does it actually do?


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    How To Test GFCI Outlets

    GFCIs save lives. Learn how to test your GFCIs two ways, with these instructions.


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    7 Types of Water Shutoff Valves

    A plumbing system needs a main shutoff valve as well as valves for branch lines and fixtures. Here's a rundown...


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    How a Home Energy Audit Can Save You Money

    A home energy audit can help you identify where you are losing energy and what you can do to stop...


    These New Septic Tank Treatment Pods from Active Ensure Your System Runs in Tip-Top Shape

    Just drop a septic tank treatment pod in the toilet and flush for all the benefits!

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    How Do Septic Tanks Work?

    Just knowing the ins and outs of a septic system can save you a lot of money in the long...


    The 6 Best Crawl Space Dehumidifiers to Eliminate Damaging Moisture

    Remove moisture to prevent mold, mildew and wood rot. We evaluated the top-rated picks to help you choose the right...


    How to Use a Surge Protector for Electronic Devices

    Learn how to use surge protectors for any electronic device, whether it's a digital clock, a computer, a dishwasher or...


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    When Was Air Conditioning Invented?

    For many of us, air conditioning is essential to cool off in summer heat. But where did air conditioning come...


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    Do Ceiling Fans Use a Lot of Electricity?

    It's hot outside! Stay cool for a lot less with a quiet, efficient ceiling fan. How much less? You may...


    We Tried the New Lasko Fan Tower That Works with Your Smart Home Device

    A new smart fan that can be controlled through Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or an app? The Lasko fan tower...


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    Does a Dehumidifier Cool a Room?

    It's hot outside! Will a dehumidifier cool you down? An expert gives us the deets on dehumidifiers.



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    Drawing Your Own Electrical Plans

    Electrical plans are a roadmap to project success. And, yes — you can draw your own! Here's what you need...

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    What You Need to Know About Romex Wiring

    Wondering where to use Romex cable in your home? How about where you can't? We've got the details below.


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    What To Know About Electrical Transformer Boxes In Your Yard

    Those green metal boxes hiding in plain sight are a lot more important (and interesting!) than you might think.


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    What Is Electrical Shock and How Can I Prevent It?

    Electrical shock injures thousands of people every year. Before doing any of your own electrical work, take precautions and know...


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    How an Electrical System Works

    If your home is grid-connected, your electric power comes from far away. Here's how it gets from the generator to...


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    15 Amp vs. 20 Amp Outlets: What’s the Difference?

    Outlets and receptacles. What's the difference? Which one goes where? Our expert is here to clear up the confusion.


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    What Can You Do to About a Noisy Air Conditioner?

    You don't have to choose between running the AC and being able to hear yourself think.