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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 big changes to your home.

    10 Living Room Lighting Ideas We Love

    Your living room is a multi-use space, so you need to have the right lighting for the right use. The...


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    Severe Weather Guide: Emergency Power Generators

    It just takes one downed power pole to interrupt the fragile chain of electricity connecting your house to the power...


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    10 Electrical Wire Colors and What They Actually Mean

    Need to do some electrical work, but don't know what those wire colors mean? Here's what you need to know...


    Home Wiring Demystified: Electrical Cable Basics You Need to Know

    Before you take on your next home wiring project, arm yourself with basic information about the electrical cable and wiring...

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    8 Best Home Security Lights

    Don't be left in the dark! You'll know exactly what's going on around your home when you invest in top-rated...


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    13 Things Your Electrician Wants You to Know

    Almost every home uses electric service to one degree or another. And sooner or later, something is going to go...

    12 Tips for Easier Home Electrical Wiring

    Even if you have years of wiring experience, there are always a few tricks you may not know. We worked...


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    Which is the Correct (and Incorrect) Way to Install an Electrical Outlet?

    One of the first things people get confused about when trying to install an electrical outlet is which way is...


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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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    The 10 Most Common National Electric Code Violations

    Many problems stem from new additions to the National Electrical Code (NEC), while some common mistakes violate codes that have...


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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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    How to Put Lights On a Christmas Tree

    Believe it or not, there's a right way and a wrong way to string Christmas lights.


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    10 Things You Should Know About LED Christmas Lights

    You're probably thinking about what to give those on your holiday gift lists. But have you thought about upgrading your...


    Homeowners’ Guide to Outdoor Christmas Lights

    This year, elevate your house to "oooh and ahhh" status with the best outdoor Christmas lights.

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    8 Best Light Therapy Lamps

    Elevate your mood. Light therapy lamps help fight seasonal depression so you can thrive throughout the shorter, darker days of...


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    Family Handyman’s Vintage Projects and Tips From the ’60s

    Family Handyman has always taken great pride in teaching readers to DIY through the use of step-by-step projects. To celebrate...


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    Space Heater Safety Tips

    Space heaters can boost home warmth, but they can cause fires if you aren't careful. Here are 10 space heater...


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    Deals We Love: Flashlights and Lanterns

    A flash sale offering great lighting options at deep discounts.


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    8 Best Outdoor Flood Lights

    A well-lit home is not only more secure, it's got great curb appeal! Here are the best outdoor flood lights...


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    9 Tool Hacks You’ll Use Time and Time Again

    Tools are usually designed with one task in mind, but many can be used for all sorts of jobs.


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    10 Best Motion Sensor Lights

    We round up the 10 best motion sensor lights to provide style and safety to your home and yard.


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    How to Rough-In Electrical Wiring

    Do-it-yourself guide with professional techniques for a safe wiring job.

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    Deals We Love: Rechargeable Flashlights

    Two game-changing light throwers from U.S.-based manufacturer, Olight.


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    New Countertop Appliance Claims to Kill Coronavirus on Household Items

    Luma and Luma Pro aim to deliver 99.9 percent effectiveness in killing germs, bacteria and viruses — including the coronavirus.


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    Bosch’s New Thermal Camera a ‘Staple for Any Toolbox’

    The camera gives DIYers and pros an easy way to accurately measure, visualize and analyze thermal variance on almost any...


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    Deals We Love: Exterior Security

    Shorter days and longer nights mean outdoor lighting is a hot commodity right now.


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    Homeowner’s Guide to the Best Outdoor Lighting

    Outdoor lights add warmth, safety and style to your home's overall look. Learn about eight great outdoor lights to consider...


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    These Sale-Priced Desk Lamps Will Light Up Your Home Office

    Amazon's Summer Sale Event, going on now through Labor Day, includes several top-rated desk lamps to help spruce up your...