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What to Do Within the First Year After Moving Into Your New Home

When you move into your new home, there are a number of cleaning tasks, basic projects and upgrades to consider. Here's a comprehensive guide to point you in the right direction.

Install New Hard-Wired or Battery-Powered Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms wear out. Replace them before they fail.


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...


How to Install Low-Profile LED Lights in Your Kitchen

Transform your kitchen into a place you’ll love to be with this innovative lighting project.


How to Hang a Ceiling Light Fixture

Nothing spoils a dinner party like a chandelier in the pasta or a sudden blackout. Here's how to hang lights...

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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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How to Put Lights On a Christmas Tree

Believe it or not, there's a right way and a wrong way to string Christmas lights.

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How to Use Cheap Electrical Testers

Three testers make electrical work safer and easier — and for less than $20, you can own them all.


Installing a Single-Pole Smart Light Switch

Make your regular light switch smart in five easy steps!


How to Safely Dispose of Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Safely dispose of CFL bulbs through retail stores and collection sites and safely clean up any broken bulbs.


Preventing Electrical Overloads

Circuit breakers, overloads and your electrical system.

Power a Laptop or TV With a Car Power Inverter

A power inverter for car allows you to run low power AC electrical devices like computers, video cams and even...


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Top 10 Electrical Mistakes

Wiring problems and mistakes are all too common, and if left uncorrected have the potential to cause short circuits, shocks...


Upgrade a Recessed Light Fixture

Simply change the trim to change the style


Smart Light Switches

Easy-to-install smart light switches deliver more safety, convenience and can cut your energy bills.


How to Repair the TV Remote

Most fixes are easy . . . if you can get the remote apart.

LED Lights for Your Workshop

Get better, brighter workshop lighting by switching from fluorescent bulbs to LEDs.


How to Use a Digital Multimeter and Analog Multimeter

Test batteries, electrical circuits, broken appliances and more with this helpful tool.


Once-Important Electrical Knowledge Homeowners Don’t Need to Know Anymore

If you don't use a landline, why would you need to know how to wire a phone jack? See what...


Install a Super-Easy USB Outlet

Adding a USB outlet is easy enough for a first-time electrician.


How to Increase Internet Speed

Install a wired network for peak performance


How to Balance a Wobbly Ceiling Fan

Stop the wobble and make your fan run smoothly in 15 minutes.


How to Choose the Best USB Outlet for Your Home or Garage

Find out what you need to know about the different types and installation requirements of USB outlets for your home...


How to Get Better Cell Phone Reception at Home

Improve cell phone service with a simple signal booster system you can install yourself

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How to Install Ceiling Fans

It's easier than you think, even on an angled ceiling.


How to Reduce Static Electricity in Your House

The shocking truth about taming free electrons!


How to Install a Ceiling Fan Remote

Upgrade your fan with a ceiling fan remote.


Best Electrical Tape

A electrician pro reveals the electrical tape he swears by


Homeowner’s Guide for Holiday Lighting

We all love the cheerful glow of holiday lights so lets make the process seamless from start to finish. We'll...


How To Strip Wire the Safe Way

When stripping insulation from wiring, you might be tempted to use the cutting jaws on lineman’s pliers instead use a...