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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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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...


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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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 2021

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 Add an Outdoor Outlet

Install an Exterior Outlet



Receptacle Outlet Code Requirements

What types of receptacle outlets are required by the code?


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.


Installing Electrical Outlets: Which Way is Up?

Install electrical outlets with the ground hole either up or down


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