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    Drawing Your Own Electrical Plans

    Electrical plans are a roadmap to project success. And, yes — you can draw your own! Here's what you need...


    A Quality Outdoor TV Under $900? Prepare for an Upgraded Patio Space

    This Element outdoor TV turns your deck into the entertainment area of your dreams—all on a budget.


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    What You Need to Know About Romex Wiring

    Wondering where to use Romex cable in your home? How about where you can't? We've got the details below.


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    What To Know About Electrical Transformer Boxes In Your Yard

    Those green metal boxes hiding in plain sight are a lot more important (and interesting!) than you might think.


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    What Is Electrical Shock and How Can I Prevent It?

    Electrical shock injures thousands of people every year. Before doing any of your own electrical work, take precautions and know...


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    How an Electrical System Works

    If your home is grid-connected, your electric power comes from far away. Here's how it gets from the generator to...


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    15 Amp vs. 20 Amp Outlets: What’s the Difference?

    Outlets and receptacles. What's the difference? Which one goes where? Our expert is here to clear up the confusion.

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    What Can You Do to About a Noisy Air Conditioner?

    You don't have to choose between running the AC and being able to hear yourself think.


    10 Tips to Stay Safe in a Heatwave

    With extreme weather phenomena becoming more common, there's never been a better time to brush up on your safety skills!


    13 Home Automation Ideas

    Home automation makes life easier and safer. From pre-heating the oven to monitoring for security threats, you get convenience and...


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    Tips for Wiring a Subpanel

    When you run out of space in your service panel, a subpanel is the best solution. Use these tips from...


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    Should You Invest in a Solar-Powered Air Conditioner?

    On this overheated planet with its limited electricity supply, the time for solar air conditioners has come. Here's how to...


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    What’s the Difference Between a Surge Protector and a Power Strip?

    Surge protectors and power strips look alike, but they have different functions. Here's how to tell what's what.


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    Where Is a Tamper Resistant Receptacle Outlet Required?

    Here's how you can easily protect small children, and everyone else, from electrical shocks, burns or electrocution.


    How to Choose the Best Whole House Fan for Your Home

    What is a whole house fan? Not only can these helpful ventilation systems help keep you cool, but they also...


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    There’s a Right Way to Set Your Air Conditioner—Here’s How

    Protect your air conditioner, the power grid and our planet with these tips.

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    Homeowner’s Guide to an AC Fuse Box

    Fuse boxes were the precursors to modern circuit breaker panels and are largely obsolete. But some large appliances are still...


    Here’s How to Convert Your Regular Mattress Into a Smart Bed

    How much do you want to invest in a good night’s sleep?


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    Testing a Circuit Breaker Panel for 240-Volt Electrical Service

    Before you add a 240-volt appliance, you need to make sure you've got what it takes.


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    What To Know About Smart Home Wiring

    Smart home wiring keeps your smart devices in touch with your home's data center, and it feeds data-hungry appliances the...


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    Homeowner’s Guide to Smart Electrical Panels

    A fully electrified home needs an intelligent control center to manage energy usage and maximize savings. A smart panel can...


    What to Know About Electrical Conduit Wiring

    There may be times when you need to install some electrical conduit as part of your project. The following tips...

    These Are the Absolute Best Amazon Prime Day Deals for Pets

    Shop the best Amazon pet deals and snag editor-loved pet beds and other puppy necessities at bargain prices.


    What Is a Disconnect Switch (aka Safety Switch) and Why They Are Important

    It's a good bet your home's electrical system has one or more disconnect switches. Here's what they are, what they...


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    How To Choose the Right Wire Nuts for Electrical Connections

    How important are wire nuts? Extremely! Make sure you're choosing the correct wire nuts every time you join together two...


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    A Guide for Soldering Electronics

    Got an appliance that's stopped working, or want to build something electronic? Learning how to solder electronics is an essential...


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    What Is Overcurrent Protection?

    Overcurrent protection is one of the most important concepts in electrical safety. This is what you need to know.


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    Homeowner’s Guide to Sump Pump Battery Backups

    A sump pump installation should include a backup system for breakdowns and power outages. Learn the pros and cons of...