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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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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...


Installing a Single-Pole Smart Light Switch

Make your regular light switch smart in five easy steps!


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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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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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...


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8 Most Common Electric Mistakes Found in Home Inspections

Any number of problems can be found in a home inspection, but these electrical issues should not be overlooked.

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...


10 Ways to Add Lighting Without Wires or Cords

Let there be light! These simple ideas for lighting without wires will help you brighten up your space; no plugs,...


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9 Things You Should Never Do With Power Strips

Are you guilty of any of these power strip mistakes?

11 Deadly Myths About Electricity That Need to Be Cleared Up

We use electricity every single day—here's what you should know to stay safe.


15 Things You Should Know Before Doing DIY Electrical Work

Don't do any DIY electrical work if you're not fully educated on the subject. Here is some essential knowledge and...


5 Electrical Projects DIYers Should Not Take On

We know our readers love to DIY, but when it comes to electrical work there are some projects better left...


Preventing Electrical Overloads

Circuit breakers, overloads and your electrical system.


Power a Laptop or TV With a Car Power Inverter

A power inverter for car allows you to run low power AC electrical devices like computers, video cams and even...


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Top 10 Electrical Mistakes

Wiring problems and mistakes are all too common, and if left uncorrected have the potential to cause short circuits, shocks...


Smart Light Switches

Easy-to-install smart light switches deliver more safety, convenience and can cut your energy bills.


Upgrade a Recessed Light Fixture

Simply change the trim to change the style

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How to Repair the TV Remote

Most fixes are easy . . . if you can get the remote apart.


LED Lights for Your Workshop

Get better, brighter workshop lighting by switching from fluorescent bulbs to LEDs.


Install New Hard-Wired or Battery-Powered Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms wear out. Replace them before they fail.


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...


How to Use a Digital Multimeter and Analog Multimeter

Test batteries, electrical circuits, broken appliances and more with this helpful tool.


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10 Electrical Safety Checks Homeowners Should Do Every Year

It's important to conduct an occasional electrical safety check on your home. The process is quick and easy, and finding...