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Everything you need to know about the electrical power systems that run your home.

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7 Bright Ideas For Lighting Under Your Bed

Hot and on-trend, under bed lighting adds a wow factor to your slumber spaces. Whether you're looking for LED or motion-sensing lights, we got you covered.

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.


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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....


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Breaker Box Safety: How to Connect a New Circuit

Add a new circuit to your home's wiring


Install New Hard-Wired or Battery-Powered Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms wear out. Replace them before they fail.

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How to Upgrade and Replace Lightbulbs

Replacing outdated lightbulbs in your new home can create the atmosphere you want and lower your electric bill. Here are...


36 Almost Unbelievable Plumbing and Electrical Goofs

Read these DIYers' embarrassing moments stories and DIY fails from plumbing and electrical mistakes.

20 Inexpensive Ways to Make Your Home Look More Expensive

Whether you're looking to fix up your home to put it on the market or just want to bring some...


Easy-to-Read Circuit Breakers

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


40 Things You Should Know About a Home By Age 40

Home repair is learned over time


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...

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Best Off-Grid Power Systems for Your Cabin

If you're contemplating off-grid power for your cabin or summer house, start here to learn the differences between solar, wind...


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.


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Severe Weather Guide: Emergency Power Generators

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


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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...


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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8 Best Home Security Lights

Don't be left in the dark! You'll know exactly what's going on around your home when you invest in top-rated...


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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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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.


Homeowners’ Guide to Outdoor Christmas Lights

This year, elevate your house to "oooh and ahhh" status with the best outdoor Christmas lights.


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How to Fix and Replace Christmas Lights

Squeeze another season out of your strings of lights!


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8 Best Light Therapy Lamps

Elevate your mood. Light therapy lamps help fight seasonal depression so you can thrive throughout the shorter, darker days of...


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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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Family Handyman’s Vintage Projects and Tips From the ’60s

Family Handyman has always taken great pride in teaching readers to DIY through the use of step-by-step projects. To celebrate...


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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


Installing a Single-Pole Smart Light Switch

Make your regular light switch smart in five easy steps!


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Deals We Love: Smart Home Devices

Controlling entry into your home and lighting from anywhere provides convenience and peace of mind.


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Deals We Love: Flashlights and Lanterns

A flash sale offering great lighting options at deep discounts.


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How to Replace a Fluorescent Light Ballast

Stop fluorescent lights from flickering and humming with a new ballast.