Breaker Boxes

Don’t get left in the dark! Here’s all the information you need to know about breaker box wiring and electrical panels.

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GFCI vs. AFCI Outlets: What’s the Difference?

Confused about these important safety devices? An electrician explains the difference.

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How Much Does a Whole House Surge Protector Cost?

Whole house surge protector cost is lower than $1,000. It's a small price to prevent a power surge from destroying...


What To Know About Electrical Box Extenders

These handy little rings make your renovation project so much easier.


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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...


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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.

How To Add a Breaker to Your Electrical Panel

Adding a new circuit to your home's wiring seems intimidating, but with the right precautious and our step-by-step instructions, you...


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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