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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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      Handy Plumbing Tips and Tricks

      Here are nine of our favorite simple tricks and tips to save you plumbing headaches around the house.


      How to Choose the Best Whole House Fan for Your Home

      A time-tested cooling solution that uses 90% less energy than your air conditioner



      Install a Programmable Thermostat for Energy Savings

      This simple switch-out will save you money in the long run


      How to Find the Correct Motion-Activated Switch for Fluorescent Lights

      Use switches rated for electronic ballasts with most newer fluorescent lights


      Save Money with a High-Tech Thermostat

      Use a two-stage thermostat with a two-stage furnace to save on your heating bill


      Silence Noisy Water Pipes

      Permanent solution to water hammer problem


      Upgrade Your Ice Maker Supply Line

      Replace that inexpensive plastic water line.

      Tips for Replacing Fluorescent Bulbs

      They may look burned out, but don't get rid of them until the light goes bad


      Save Money by Upgrading Fluorescent Fixtures

      Replacing the ballast in an old fixture is a must


      Install Scald Protection

      Install safer tub and shower fixtures without changing the valve


      Fluorescent Light Problems and Repair

      Cure flickering fluorescent lights in minutes


      Test Batteries With a Multitester

      Find out fast if a household battery is still good


      Control Garage Electrical Devices Remotely

      Control appliances and lights from anywhere in the house


      Water Softener Problems

      Here's how to fix a broken water softener


      Bad TV Reception? Here’s One Fix

      New coax connections can make a big difference

      Running Underground Cable

      Run electrical cable in PVC conduit at least 12 inches deep in the ground.


      How to Wire a Light Socket

      For safety, wire your lamps correctly


      In-Wall Surge Protectors and Surge Suppression Receptacles

      Protect new appliances from voltage spikes


      How to Reset a Circuit Breaker

      You probably already know how to reset a circuit breaker, but what about your kids or baby-sitter? Use this tutorial...


      Water Softener Installation: How and When to Rebuild

      Water softener installation and repair is easier than it looks


      Illuminate Your Deck With Low-Voltage Light Fixtures

      Stay up late: Enjoy your deck well into the evening hours


      Remote Control Devices for Electrical Outlets and Appliances

      Control all your appliances and lights with a central Z-wave remote control device.


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      Choosing Furnace Filters

      How to choose the best filter for your furnace


      Home Audio Installation: Install a Whole-House Audio System

      Run wire and install speakers and distribution modules so that you can control music by remote control throughout the house.


      How to Repair or Replace Defective Water Heater Dip Tubes

      Check your water heater in case you have a defective dip tube.