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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Testing a Circuit Breaker Panel for 240-Volt Electrical Service

Before you add a 240-volt appliance, you need to make sure you've got what it takes.

8 Ideas for Covering an Electrical Panel

Don't let an ugly gray metal electrical panel ruin your decor! Check out these creative solutions for covering one in...

A Guide to Electrical Load Calculation

If you're planning to increase your electrical load by adding a new major appliance, make sure your panel can handle...

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How to Use an Electrical Box Extender

Don't put up with an unsafe, unsightly electrical box installation. You can easily fix the problem by installing an electrical...

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Rewiring a House: How To Hire a Pro

Rewiring a house is a major undertaking. An electrical inspector offers tips on hiring the right pro for the...

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How to Fix a 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...

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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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How To Replace the Heating Element in an Electric Oven

Electric oven heating element replacement is a surprisingly simply DIY fix. Here's everything you need to know.

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Circuit Breaker Installation: How to Connect a New Circuit

Add a new circuit to your home's wiring

Easy-to-Read Circuit Breakers

You won't regret marking up your circuit breaker in the case of an emergency.

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Should You Do Your Own Electrical Work?

Handy homeowners do electrical work all the time. With the right tools and knowledge, you can increase your skills safely...

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How Circuit Breakers Work

How Circuit Breakers Work

13 ‘Cutting Edge’ Table Saw Tips

Straight from top pro woodworkers—ultra-clever tips for getting the most from your table saw.

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Fixing a Sensitive Arc Fault Circuit Breaker

How to diagnose and fix an arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) problem.

Add More Breakers to a Full Fuse Box

Install tandem breakers to increase the number of circuits in your fuse box

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Don’t Believe This Electrical Panel Myth

We stumbled onto an online discussion in which a homeowner claimed his monthly electric bill dropped 30 percent after he...

Fixing a Screwy Electrical Box

Grab some some zip ties to fix stripped-out screw holes on an electrical box.

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5 Common Building Code Violations

Check your home for these potentially hazardous situations