Electrical

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

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    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...

    12 Easy Things Everyone Should Know How to Fix

    Whether you're a new homeowner or an expert DIYer, knowing how to fix these common household problems can save you...


    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...


    10 Reasons You Should Upgrade to a Mesh Router

    Do you have internet dead zones in your home? These annoying areas of low or no connection to your WiFi...


    How a Leaky Tub Cost Me Hundreds

    Water and electricity are a dangerous match—and expensive. I recently learned that the hard way. A leaky tub ended up...


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    How to Connect Wires to Terminal Screws

    Whether running wire to a switch or an outlet, you need to know the proper way to connect wires to...


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    Replacing a 3-Way Switch

    All three-way switches have one screw that is a different color than the others.

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    Dealing With Electrical Wires That Are Too Short

    When working with electrical, you will run into a situation where someone didn’t leave enough slack inside the electrical box.


    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...


    Electrical Boxes: How to Add Capacity

    Two ways to solve this common remodeling problem


    Test Batteries With a Multitester

    Find out fast if a household battery is still good


    Control Garage Electrical Devices Remotely

    Control appliances and lights from anywhere in the house

    Bad TV Reception? Here’s One Fix

    New coax connections can make a big difference


    In-Wall Surge Protectors and Surge Suppression Receptacles

    Protect new appliances from voltage spikes


    How to Reset a Circuit Breaker

    You probably already know how to reset a circuit breaker, but what about your kids or baby-sitter? Use this tutorial...


    Remote Control Devices for Electrical Outlets and Appliances

    Control all your appliances and lights with a central Z-wave remote control device.