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Making sure you know everything there is to know about the electrical, heating and cooling systems in your home.

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How to Build Faux Basement Windows That Provide Real Light

This project uses a slim LED light panel mounted in a simple frame to give you light and the illusion of a new window.

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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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Why Are My Christmas Lights Not Working?

The good news is that there are only a few things can go wrong with holiday lights, and they're relatively...


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How To Wire a Four-Way Switch

Did you know slips, trips and falls are some of the most common home safety hazards? Say goodbye to stubbed...


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...

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.


How to Build an Infrared Sauna

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

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...


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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...


How To Light Your Home: 10 Types of Light Fixtures

Upgrading or choosing new light fixtures for your home? This guide will give you the rundown of all of the...


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Family Handyman Approved: Wago Lever Nuts

Wary of cheap, twist-on wire nuts? Then try these from Wago.

Troubleshooting: How to Fix a Light

Have a broken light but don't know why it doesn't work? Get to the bottom of it! Follow these tips...


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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....


The Most Essential Products for New Homeowners

From cleaning supplies to tools, here's a list of everything you'll need for your new home.


How to Install a New Hard-Wired Smoke Alarm

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...

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,...


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.


Choosing the Right Backup Power Generator for Emergencies

It just takes one downed power pole to interrupt the fragile chain of electricity connecting your house to the power...


Understanding Electrical Wire Color Codes

Ready to cross that electrical project off your to-do list? Understand wiring color codes so you can finish the job...


How to Install 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...


Home Wiring: Electrical Wiring and Cable Basics You Need to Know

Before you take on your next home wiring project, arm yourself with basic information about the electrical cable and wiring...


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13 Things Your Electrician Wants You to Know

Whether you're looking to add a light fixture or run rough electric for an addition, here are a few key...


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What is the Correct Way to Install Electrical Outlets: Ground Up or Down?

You may see electrical outlets with the ground facing up or down. Do you know which is right?


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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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19 Handy Hints for DIY Electrical Work

Get to know these tricks before you tackle electrical projects at home.


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9 Things You Should Never Do With Power Strips

Are you guilty of any of these power strip mistakes?


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12 Things About LED Christmas Lights You Should Know

Have you thought about upgrading your home's holiday light display? Here are some tips and tricks you should know about...


5 Electrical Projects DIYers Should Not Take On

We know our readers love to DIY, but when it comes to electrical work there are some projects better left...


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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.


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26 Things That Changed DIY Forever

Innovations that improved home improvement.