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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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12 Best Home Improvement Projects Under $100

A little can go a long way when it comes to home improvements. For just $100 you can make some big changes to your home.

Electrical Code Requirements for Islands and Peninsulas 

If the title of this topic has you daydreaming about a tropical island or peninsula somewhere in the Caribbean Sea,...


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10 Electrical Wire Colors and What They Actually Mean

Need to do some electrical work, but don't know what those wire colors mean? Here's what you need to know...


Tips and Techniques for Pouring Self-Leveling Underlayment

We’ll show you the step-by-step process to achieve a perfectly flat and level underlayment that’s smooth as glass.


12 Tips for Easier Home Electrical Wiring

Even if you have years of wiring experience, there are always a few tricks you may not know. We worked...

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Electrical Wiring: How to Run Power Anywhere

The easiest way to bring electricity to a shed, garden or lamppost


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Vintage Family Handyman Feature from 1987: Landline Phone Installation

The first issue of Family Handyman was published in 1951, so this year marks our 70th anniversary. To celebrate we're...

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The 10 Most Common National Electric Code Violations

Many problems stem from new additions to the National Electrical Code (NEC), while some common mistakes violate codes that have...


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How to Make Safe Wire Connections

With the right wire nut connectors and terminals, it's fairly easy to make safe, strong electrical connections


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How to Rough-In Electrical Wiring

Do-it-yourself guide with professional techniques for a safe wiring job.


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Bosch’s New Thermal Camera a ‘Staple for Any Toolbox’

The camera gives DIYers and pros an easy way to accurately measure, visualize and analyze thermal variance on almost any...

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How to Replace a Light Fixture

Replace a light fixture without the hassle with these electrical tips from veteran pros.


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How to Bury Underground Cable

We break down four options for underground wiring. Here's what you need to know.


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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...


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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27 Top Tips for Wiring Switches and Outlets Yourself

Play it smart and stay safe when wiring outlets and switches

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How to Hide Wiring: Speaker and Low-Voltage Wire

Ways to hide speaker, telephone, thermostat and other types of low-voltage wiring


How to Connect Old Wiring to a New Light Fixture

Mount an electrical box in a plaster wall


How to Install Surface-Mounted Wiring and Conduit

With metal conduit, you can run power almost anywhere. We'll show you how to do it safely and easily.


Adding a Second Doorbell Chime

Two options for installing extra ringers


Cable and Telephone Wiring

Upgrade communications wiring and hardware for better reception with less interference.


Home Automation DIY System

Switch anything from anywhere


What You Should Do with Crowded Electrical Boxes

Double the box size without destroying the wall.


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Tips for Coaxial Cable Wiring

In today's information age, a massive amount of information is being pushed through our coaxial cables, leaving very little room...


How to Successfully Move Electrical Boxes

Extension rings will do the trick


Installing Communication Wiring

Installing Cat-5 and coaxial cable for Internet, computer, telephone and other uses.


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Fishing Electrical Wire Through Walls

Run electrical cable through walls and across ceilings without tearing them apart by fishing wire


Power Surge: Protect All Your Electronics

Protect your sensitive electronics from voltage spikes


Stripping Wire

Tools and tricks to help you master the basics of how to strip wire