Smart Plugs and Outlets

You can pack a surprising amount of convenient technology into your home’s outlets.

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8 Best Outdoor Smart Plugs for a High-Tech Backyard

Tired of setting up your outdoor tech manually? The best outdoor smart plugs let you control everything straight from your phone.

How To Replace a Power Cord Plug

Five dollars and 30 minutes are all it takes to replace a power cord. I fixed my vacuum, but this...


The 10 Best Outdoor Smart Home Devices — From a Tech Expert

From smart pool water monitors to outdoor cameras, these are our favorite outdoor smart home devices that aren't just affordable,...


This Multi-Plug Outlet Has 43,000 Five-Star Amazon Ratings, So We Tried It

The Powrui Multi-Plug Outlet is an easy way to plug in multiple appliances. Our tech expert gave it a spin.


The Kasa Smart Plug Brings Your Smart Home Outside

Control outdoor home devices right from your smartphone with this easy-to-use smart plug. Automate lights and cameras for less than...

3 Simple Ways to Automate Your Christmas Lights

Get more control over your Christmas lights using one of these three convenient methods.


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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...

11 Voice Assistant Smart Home Products to Revolutionize Your Home

Gone are the days when you needed to press a button to control your environment. Now, you can control a...


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...


Kitchen Countertop Outlets 

How many outlets do you need for your countertop workspaces? This electrical inspector has the answer.


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10 Handy Uses for a Smart Plug

Stop worrying, make mornings better, find out if you need a new appliance and more, thanks to help from smart...

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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?


Foam Outlet Insulation Stops Cold Air Coming Through Electrical Outlets

Stop drafts cold at electrical boxes with these easy foam outlet insulation tips.


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How to Wire an Outlet and Add an Electrical Outlet

Use this easy method to install a new electrical outlet without a lot of wire pulling.


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Troubleshooting Dead Outlets and What to Do When GFCI Won’t Reset

Try these electrical tests before calling an electrician.


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What to Know About Smart Plugs

Smart plugs can take an ordinary (dumb!) appliance or device and make it smart in minutes, no tech knowledge needed.

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The Best Smart Plugs for 2022

Smart plugs can turn just about anything into a smart device. Here are the best picks.


How to Install Electrical Outlets in the Kitchen

How to Install Electrical Outlets in the Kitchen


Testing GFCI Outlets

Electrical safety check


How to Install a Floor Outlet

Say goodbye to hazardous extension cords


How to Add Outlets Easily With Surface Wiring

Running wiring in surface channels eliminates the big job of opening walls.


How to Install an Outdoor Outlet

Install an Exterior Outlet



Receptacle Outlet Code Requirements

What types of receptacle outlets are required by the code?

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Overhead electrical outlets

Are you always tripping over extension cords that snake all over the floor of your shop? End that hassle by...


Replacing Electrical Outlet

Update a two-slot outlet.


Install a Super-Easy USB Outlet

Adding a USB outlet is easy enough for a first-time electrician.


How to Choose the Best USB Outlet for Your Home or Garage

Find out what you need to know about the different types and installation requirements of USB outlets for your home...


Tighten a Loose Outlet

Quick fix for a squishy outlet


Close Gaps Around Electrical Outlets and Switches

Small air leaks can add up to huge energy losses