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Power a Laptop or TV With a Car Power Inverter
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Mastering the Art of Electrical Conduit
Running electrical conduit on the surface of a wall is an easy way to add...
How to Fix Earbuds
You can often fix expensive earbuds with a little solder
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How to Replace a Fluorescent Light Ballast
Stop fluorescent lights from flickering and humming with a new ballast.
DIY Dictionary: Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter
An arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) is a device that 'trips' or shuts down power...
15 Tips for Choosing LED Bulbs for Your Home
LED (light emitting diode) lights use less energy, last longer, come in many different colors,...
How to Install a 3-Way Switch
Convert an existing two-way switch to a three-way switch and run new wire to the...
DIY Dictionary: Remodeling Box
What's a remodeling box? Most electrical boxes in your home are nailed to the wall...
DIY Dictionary: 3-Way Switch
What is a 3-way switch? A three-way switch is one that allows you to control...
9 Things Electricians Wish You Knew About Batteries
We interviewed electrical engineer Maynard Guadiz to find out what we should really know about...
10 Incredible New Light Fixtures for 2018
A new light fixture can change the look of a room, whether you're swapping out...
Note Breaker Number On Outlet Cover
Once I've determined which circuit that a switch or outlet belongs to, I jot down...
How to Install a Ceiling Fan Mounting Bracket
We do everything by our own hands Senior Editor, Gary Wentz, will show you how to remove an old...
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...
14 Modern Pendant Lighting Trends That’ll Light Up Your Life
Modern pendant lighting is all about clean lines, bright materials, and the right scale. Here...
10 Reasons You Should Upgrade to a Mesh Router
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How a Leaky Tub Cost Me Hundreds
Water and electricity are a dangerous match—and expensive. I recently learned that the hard...
15 Ideas For Outdoor String Lights That Will Make You Want to Live Outside
Far from the colored plastic holiday-style lights of days gone by, today's outdoor string lights...
LED Lights for Your Workshop
Get better, brighter workshop lighting by switching from fluorescent bulbs to LEDs.
Dealing With Electrical Wires That Are Too Short
When working with electrical, you will run into a situation where someone didn’t leave...
Replacing a 3-Way Switch
All three-way switches have one screw that is a different color than the others.
How to Connect Wires to Terminal Screws
Whether running wire to a switch or an outlet, you need to know the proper...
Troubleshooting: How to Fix a Light
Have a broken light but don't know why it doesn't work? Get to the bottom...
Home Automation DIY System
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Smart Light Switches
Easy-to-install smart light switches deliver more safety, convenience and can cut your energy bills.
Electrical Tips: Replacing a Light Fixture
Replace a light fixture without the hassle with these electrical tips from veteran pros.
How to Fix Burned Wire
How to fix the insulation on burned wire quickly and easily
How to Install a Tamper-Resistant Outlet
Safer outlets cost less than a dollar and are easy to install
Check the Wattage Before You Install a Dimmer Switch
Make sure the one you chose can handle the wattage
How to Run Wire Through a Wall to Avoid Water Leaks
Tips for a trouble-free installation
How to Add a Light
Make an existing switch do double duty.