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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 Install 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 safely and securely.

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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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Stuff We Love: Electrical Outlet Upgrades

Here are two practical outlet upgrades for a safer and more functional place to plug in.


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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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12 Things About LED Christmas Lights You Should Know

Have you thought about upgrading your home's holiday light display? Here are some tips and tricks you should know about...


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7 Things Professional Electricians Never Do in Their Own Homes

Getting ready to embark on some DIY electrical work? Think safety first and dodge these common mishaps pro electricians know...


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!


How to Fix a Cord Chewed by Your Pet

You can repair a chewed cord without calling a pro. Here's how.


Homebuilding Sector Drives Construction Employment Surge

Residential construction led the way to another positive month for construction employment.


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‘Girls Garage’ Book Empowers Young Women to Build, Believe

Emily Pilloton wants her book, Girls Garage, to inspire generations of young women to become "fearless builder girls."


3 Best Ways to Protect Your Devices During a Storm

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.


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6 Electrical Outlets That Maximize Safety and Convenience

These six specialized electrical outlets can improve your home life.

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Should You Do Your Own Electrical Work?

Handy homeowners do electrical work all the time. With the right tools and knowledge, you can increase your skills safely...


How to Safely Dispose of Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Safely dispose of CFL bulbs through retail stores and collection sites and safely clean up any broken bulbs.


Why Can’t You Plug Space Heaters into Power Strips or Extension Cords?

Before you plug one in, know this: Heating is the second leading cause of house fires (behind cooking), according to...


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10 Silent Signs Your House Has a Major Electrical Problem

These warning signs aren't loud, but they are serious. Here are quiet clues that your home may have a major...


10 Ways to Add Lighting Without Wires or Cords

Let there be light! These simple ideas for lighting without wires will help you brighten up your space; no plugs,...


11 Deadly Myths About Electricity That Need to Be Cleared Up

We use electricity every single day—here's what you should know to stay safe.