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Electricity is not something to mess with unprepared. Stay safe by getting educated on all things electrical.

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How To Light Your Home: 10 Types of Light Fixtures

Upgrading or choosing new light fixtures for your home? This guide will give you the rundown of all of the basic types to light your home.

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Family Handyman Approved: Wago Lever Nuts

Wary of cheap, twist-on wire nuts? Then try these from Wago.


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We Tried It: Kasa Smart Light Switches

Looking to add smart home functionality to your home without breaking the bank? Kasa smart switches by TP-Link may be...


Troubleshooting: How to Fix a Light

Have a broken light but don't know why it doesn't work? Get to the bottom of it! Follow these tips...


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What to Do Within the First Year After Moving Into Your New Home

When you move into your new home, there are a number of cleaning tasks, basic projects and upgrades to consider....

The Most Essential Products for New Homeowners

From cleaning supplies to tools, here's a list of everything you'll need for your new home.


How to Install a New Hard-Wired Smoke Alarm

Smoke alarms wear out. Replace them before they fail.

12 Best Home Improvement Projects Under $100

A little can go a long way when it comes to home improvements. For just $100 you can make some...


Electrical Code Requirements for Islands and Peninsulas 

If the title of this topic has you daydreaming about a tropical island or peninsula somewhere in the Caribbean Sea,...


How to Install Low-Profile LED Lights in Your Kitchen

Transform your kitchen into a place you’ll love to be with this innovative lighting project.


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Severe Weather Guide: Emergency Power Generators

It just takes one downed power pole to interrupt the fragile chain of electricity connecting your house to the power...

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10 Electrical Wire Colors and What They Actually Mean

Need to do some electrical work, but don't know what those wire colors mean? Here's what you need to know...


How to Hang a Ceiling Light Fixture

Nothing spoils a dinner party like a chandelier in the pasta or a sudden blackout. Here's how to hang lights...


Home Wiring Demystified: Electrical Cable Basics You Need to Know

Before you take on your next home wiring project, arm yourself with basic information about the electrical cable and wiring...


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13 Things Your Electrician Wants You to Know

Whether you're looking to add a light fixture or run rough electric for an addition, here are a few key...


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What is the Correct Way to Install Electrical Outlets: Ground Up or Down?

You may see electrical outlets with the ground facing up or down. Do you know which is right?

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Vintage Family Handyman Feature from 1987: Landline Phone Installation

The first issue of Family Handyman was published in 1951, so this year marks our 70th anniversary. To celebrate we're...


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19 Handy Hints for DIY Electrical Work

Get to know these tricks before you tackle electrical projects at home.


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9 Things You Should Never Do With Power Strips

Are you guilty of any of these power strip mistakes?


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10 Things You Should Know About LED Christmas Lights

You're probably thinking about what to give those on your holiday gift lists. But have you thought about upgrading your...


13 Holiday Light Dangers You Need to Know

Christmas lights can present a hazard inside and outside the house if precautions are taken. Make sure you know these...


5 Electrical Projects DIYers Should Not Take On

We know our readers love to DIY, but when it comes to electrical work there are some projects better left...


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How to Use Cheap Electrical Testers

Three testers make electrical work safer and easier — and for less than $20, you can own them all.


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26 Things That Changed DIY Forever

Innovations that improved home improvement.

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10 Space Heater Safety Tips for Your Home

Space heaters can boost home warmth, but they can cause fires if you aren't careful. Here are 10 space heater...


Installing a Single-Pole Smart Light Switch

Make your regular light switch smart in five easy steps!


3 Best Ways to Protect Your Devices During Severe Weather

Don't let a nearby lightning strike destroy all of the high-tech gear in your home.


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How to Buy and Install LED Lights

LED lighting can add a cool, modern aesthetic to any entertainment space. Here's everything you need to know to buy...


6 Best RV Solar Panels and Kits

Silent and fume-free electric power for your RV is what solar panel kits deliver. Check out these six top models...


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7 Savvy Answers to Common Questions About Smart Light Switches

This overview will help you decide which smart light switches will work best with your smart home setup.