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Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Plug Space Heaters Into Power Strips

Before you plug one in, know this: Heating is the second leading cause of house fires (behind cooking), according to the National Safety Council, and in most cases, those fires involve space heaters.

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10 Silent Signs Your House Has a Major Electrical Problem

These warning signs aren't loud, but they are serious. Here are quiet clues that your home may have a major...


10 Ways to Add Lighting Without Wires or Cords

Let there be light! These simple ideas for lighting without wires will help you brighten up your space; no plugs,...


11 Deadly Myths About Electricity That Need to Be Cleared Up

We use electricity every single day—here's what you should know to stay safe.


13 ‘Cutting Edge’ Table Saw Tips

Straight from top pro woodworkers—ultra-clever tips for getting the most from your table saw.

15 Things You Should Know Before Doing DIY Electrical Work

Don't do any DIY electrical work if you're not fully educated on the subject. Here is some essential knowledge and...


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.


Mastering the Art of Electrical Conduit

Running electrical conduit on the surface of a wall is an easy way to add wiring to a workshop, garage...

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.


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10 Electrical Safety Checks Homeowners Should Do Every Year

It's important to conduct an occasional electrical safety check on your home. The process is quick and easy, and finding...


18 Electric Wiring Fails That Will Make You Wince

It's best not to take shortcuts when it comes to the electrical work in your home.


15 Tips for Choosing LED Bulbs for Your Home

LED (light emitting diode) lights use less energy, last longer, come in many different colors, and are now available in...


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...


18 DIY Fixes for Broken Electrical Items at Home

Don't give up hope on your favorite sconce, extension cord or other electrical thing when it stops working! You can...


What Does Wi-Fi Stand For?

Hint: It's not "wireless fidelity."

Electrical Box Basics All Homeowners Should Know

With the variety of different electrical boxes available at home centers, how do you know what to buy? Don’t worry, it’s...


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