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    How To Fix Kinks in PEX Pipes

    Got a plumbing job ahead? PEX pipes make things easier, and learning the various ways to fix kinks is a...


    7 Best Garage Air Conditioners of 2023

    Discover the best garage air conditioning solutions to fit your needs, including portable, window-mount, mini-split and swamp cooler systems.


    The 10 Best Garage Fan Picks to Keep You Cool During Hot Months

    When temps rise from steamy to sweltering, staying cool is essential. Add one of these best garage fan options to...


    Why Does Hydrogen Come in Different Colors?

    Hydrogen is a colorless gas, so why does it come in different colors? Surprisingly, the colors refer to the methods...


    10 Ways to Filter Water

    Whether for an emergency kit, a home system or an on-the-go solution, here are the easiest and best ways to...


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    How to Solder Wires

    Here's is how to solder wires to achieve a durable and long-lasting connection.


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    Homeowner’s Guide to Electrical Grounding and How It Works

    You know electrical grounding is important. What does it actually do?


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    How To Test GFCI Outlets

    GFCIs save lives. Learn how to test your GFCIs two ways, with these instructions.

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    7 Types of Water Shutoff Valves

    A plumbing system needs a main shutoff valve as well as valves for branch lines and fixtures. Here's a rundown...


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    How a Home Energy Audit Can Save You Money

    A home energy audit can help you identify where you are losing energy and what you can do to stop...


    These New Septic Tank Treatment Pods from Active Ensure Your System Runs in Tip-Top Shape

    Just drop a septic tank treatment pod in the toilet and flush for all the benefits!


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    How Do Septic Tanks Work?

    Just knowing the ins and outs of a septic system can save you a lot of money in the long...


    How to Use a Surge Protector for Electronic Devices

    Learn how to use surge protectors for any electronic device, whether it's a digital clock, a computer, a dishwasher or...


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    When Was Air Conditioning Invented?

    For many of us, air conditioning is essential to cool off in summer heat. But where did air conditioning come...


    Lasko Tower Fan: Best Smart Choice for Your Smart Home (We Tried It!)

    A new smart fan that can be controlled through Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or an app? The Lasko fan tower...


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    Does a Dehumidifier Cool a Room?

    It's hot outside! Will a dehumidifier cool you down? An expert gives us the deets on dehumidifiers.


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    Drawing Your Own Electrical Plans

    Electrical plans are a roadmap to project success. And, yes — you can draw your own! Here's what you need...


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    What You Need to Know About Romex Wiring

    Wondering where to use Romex cable in your home? How about where you can't? We've got the details below.


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    What To Know About Electrical Transformer Boxes In Your Yard

    Those green metal boxes hiding in plain sight are a lot more important (and interesting!) than you might think.


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    What Is Electrical Shock and How Can I Prevent It?

    Electrical shock injures thousands of people every year. Before doing any of your own electrical work, take precautions and know...


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    How an Electrical System Works

    If your home is grid-connected, your electric power comes from far away. Here's how it gets from the generator to...


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    15 Amp vs. 20 Amp Outlets: What’s the Difference?

    Outlets and receptacles. What's the difference? Which one goes where? Our expert is here to clear up the confusion.

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    What Can You Do to About a Noisy Air Conditioner?

    You don't have to choose between running the AC and being able to hear yourself think.


    10 Tips to Stay Safe in a Heatwave

    With extreme weather phenomena becoming more common, there's never been a better time to brush up on your safety skills!


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    Tips for Wiring a Subpanel

    When you run out of space in your service panel, a subpanel is the best solution. Use these tips from...


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    What’s the Difference Between a Surge Protector and a Power Strip?

    Surge protectors and power strips look alike, but they have different functions. Here's how to tell what's what.


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    Where Is a Tamper Resistant Receptacle Outlet Required?

    Here's how you can easily protect small children, and everyone else, from electrical shocks, burns or electrocution.


    How to Choose the Best Whole House Fan for Your Home

    What is a whole house fan? Not only can these helpful ventilation systems help keep you cool, but they also...