Electrical

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

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How to Build Faux Basement Windows That Provide Real Light

This project uses a slim LED light panel mounted in a simple frame to give you light and the illusion of a new window.

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Common Dryer Repairs You Can Do Yourself

Dryer not working? Don't despair. You might be able to fix it yourself.


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Rewiring a House: How To Hire a Pro

Rewiring a house is a major undertaking. An electrical inspector offers tips on hiring the right pro for the...


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Why Are My Christmas Lights Not Working?

The good news is that there are only a few things can go wrong with holiday lights, and they're relatively...


How Much Does It Cost To Hire an Electrician vs. DIY?

You need some electrical work done, but you can't decide whether to DIY or hire an electrician. Here are a...

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How To Wire a Four-Way Switch

Did you know slips, trips and falls are some of the most common home safety hazards? Say goodbye to stubbed...


What To Know About Burying Underground Electrical Cable

Running electric power to a garage or garden pond? Learn about code requirements, trench depth options, conduit material and types...

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8 Best Circuit Breaker Finders

Organizing your electrical panel doesn't have to be intimidating. Find and label unknown circuits safely with these best circuit breaker...


The Headlamp I Never Knew I Needed

This top-notch Fenix HM65r headlamp showed me the light when I thought my old headlamp was fine.


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How to Build a DIY Infrared Sauna

Get all the benefits of a sauna without the expensive health club membership.


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Guide To Wiring Diagrams

Have a DIY electrical project but find wiring diagrams confusing? Take them step by step, and soon you'll be wiring...

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5 Types of Circuit Breakers

Circuit breakers protect our lives and property from dangerous electrical situations. Here's what you need to know about these critical...


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What’s a Bladeless Ceiling Fan and Does It Really Work?

Ever hear of a bladeless ceiling fan?  Neither had I.  So we tried one out, and I have to say...


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How to Build 4 Different Styles of Path Lights

Bollard posts are short, stout posts used around buildings or as roadway dividers. They resemble tree trunks, which are also...


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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...


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Amps vs. Volts vs. Watts vs. Ohms: What’s the Difference?

Are you puzzled by electricity? Here are a few common electrical terms everyone should know.

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Multimeter Symbol Guide

When you need a multimeter for testing electrical equipment around the home, it's vital to know what all those symbols...


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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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18 Common Electrical Terms You Should Know

Electricians know these electrical terms and you should too, especially if you plan to save money by doing basic electrical...


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....


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How to Fish Wire Through A Wall

“Fishing” wire is easier with these tips and tools.


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 Hard Wired Smoke Detector

Follow these steps for easy and safe installation.


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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...

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10 Women Inventors Who Changed Home Life Forever

From the circular saw to Scotchgard, inventions by women revolutionized our homes. In honor of Women's History Month, we spotlight...


10 Bad DIY Habits You Need to Stop Doing Immediately

These bad DIY habits might be costing you more than just time and money.


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Electrical Questions Answered By An Electrical Inspector

Everything you wanted to know about breaker panels and more. A veteran electrical inspector answers your questions.


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9 Things Electricians Always Do In Their Own Homes

Before you attempt any DIY electrical work, learn the habits and best practices that are second nature to professional electricians.


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,...


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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.