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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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Best Electrical Tape

A electrician pro reveals the electrical tape he swears by


2 Must-Have Tools for DIY Electrical Work

Noncontact voltage testers are great for making sure the power is off before you start an electrical project. But the...


Learn from the Pros: 2 Wire-Splicing Methods

Learn two wire-splicing methods used by our master electrician.


The Correct Way to Install a Light Bulb

Illuminate yourself to this handy hint to prevent light bulbs from breaking in light sockets. It's the best way to...


Homeowner’s Guide for Holiday Lighting

We all love the cheerful glow of holiday lights so lets make the process seamless from start to finish. We'll...


How To Strip Wire the Safe Way

When stripping insulation from wiring, you might be tempted to use the cutting jaws on lineman’s pliers instead use a...


This Tool Makes Twisting Wires So Much Easier

Try twisting wires with this handy tool


Aluminum Wiring Can Be Hazardous, Here’s What to do About It

Your home might have aluminum wiring and you need to know what to do if it's there

Easy Knob-and-Tube Insulation Fix

The insulation on knob-and-tube wiring gets brittle with age. When you’re working with it, the insulation may just crumble in...


How to Use Pocket Change to Determine Wire Sizes

If you’re adding an outlet, you need to use wire the same gauge as the existing wiring. How do you...


Don’t Make This Dangerous Mistake with Fuses in Your Electrical Panel

If you live in an older home that has fuses rather than breaker switches in the main electrical panel, NEVER...


This Nifty Trick Will Fix an Extension Cord for Only $4

Before you go out and replace your broken extension cord, try fixing it!


With Ceiling Fans, You Get What You Pay For

If you’ve ever shopped for ceiling fans, you've probably been struck by the huge price variations. Fans with the same...


How Liquid Electrical Tape Can Rescue Your Broken Phone Charger

Charger cables for cell phones usually last only a few years before the insulation starts fraying on the ends. Replacement cables...


5 Brilliant Ways to Hide Wires in a Room Without Going Into the Walls

Conceal that unsightly wire without hard labor!


DIY Double-Switch Alignment Jig

Eliminate the trial and error of aligning double switches.

Get the Right LED for your Fixture

Most LED bulbs need good airflow around them because heat buildup can greatly shorten their life span.


Easy Sheathing Stripper

Strip electrical cable sheathing with a sewing seam ripper!


Sneaky Way to Hide Wires

If you’re running phone wire around a door, create homemade wire clamps from a clear plastic soda bottle.


Shed A Little Light

Create a mini trouble light by plugging a small hooded night-light into a household extension cord.


Square D Plug-On Neutral Load Center (sponsored)

I started wiring panels before arch fault protection was required.

DIY Dictionary: Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter

An arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) is a device that 'trips' or shuts down power to a circuit when it...


DIY Dictionary: Remodeling Box

What's a remodeling box? Most electrical boxes in your home are nailed to the wall studs or ceiling joists before...


9 Things Electricians Wish You Knew About Batteries

We interviewed electrical engineer Maynard Guadiz to find out what we should really know about batteries and how to use...


Note Breaker Number On Outlet Cover

Once I've determined which circuit that a switch or outlet belongs to, I jot down the breaker number on the...


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How to Install a Ceiling Fan Mounting Bracket

The Family Handyman Senior Editor, Gary Wentz, will show you how to remove an old light and install a ceiling...


14 Modern Pendant Lighting Trends That’ll Light Up Your Life

Modern pendant lighting is all about clean lines, bright materials, and the right scale. Here are 14 epic trends in...