Electrical

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

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    How to Fix and Replace Christmas Lights

    Burned-out holiday lights, even the cheap kind, are often fixable with a small investment of time and money. Here's how to diagnose and fix common problems.

    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...


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    10 Women Inventors Who Changed Home Life Forever

    From the circular saw to Scotchgard, inventions by women revolutionized our homes. In honor of Women's History Month, we spotlight...


    10 Bad DIY Habits You Need to Stop Doing Immediately

    These bad DIY habits might be costing you more than just time and money.


    Electrical Questions Answered By An Electrical Inspector

    Everything you wanted to know about breaker panels and more. A veteran electrical inspector answers your questions.

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    9 Things Electricians ALWAYS Do In Their Own Homes

    Before you attempt any DIY electrical work, learn the habits and best practices that are second nature to professional electricians.


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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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    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...


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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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    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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    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...


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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...


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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...


    How to Fix a Cord Chewed by Your Pet

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


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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 Severe Weather

    Don't let a nearby lightning strike destroy all of the high-tech gear in your home.


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    An Expert’s Guide to Buying and Installing 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.


    Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Plug Space Heaters Into Power Strips

    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...