Electrical

A Durable Multimeter from Klein Tools

A Durable Multimeter from Klein Tools

A dust/waterproof and drop protected case make this multimeter from Klein Tools stand out from the pack.

Klein Tools Non-Contact Voltage Tester Review

Klein Tools Non-Contact Voltage Tester Review

Klein Tools has recently updated their popular non-contact volt tester with the NCVT-2 dual range voltage tester. It’s the same size as the previous version but operates in two modes and can test low and standard voltage.

How To Install a Light Dimmer Switch

How To Install a Light Dimmer Switch

When your lights are controlled by a dimmer switch, they utilize less electricity when you have dimmed the lights. In the long term, this will reduce your consumption of electricity which in turn lowers your electric bill. Changing out your old light switch is a quick and easy task that […]

Slim GFCI Outlets from Leviton

Slim GFCI Outlets from Leviton

In an effort to save space in an electrical box and therefore make it easier for a do-it-yourselfer to navigate, the Slim Series SmartlockPro GFCI outlet from Leviton has reduced the depth of the GFCI outlet by roughly 25% which allows for more room to maneuver wires and therefore easier […]

Which Is More Dangerous: Voltage Or Amperage?

Which Is More Dangerous: Voltage Or Amperage?

When working with electricity, caution is imperative. It’s ideal to turn off the power source at the breaker box, if applicable, so you can ensure that no lingering electricity can harm you during a project. Two factors to consider with electricity are voltage, the rate at which energy is drawn […]

GE Introduces Their Smart Home Technologies at CES

GE Introduces Their Smart Home Technologies at CES

CES has expanded their Connected Home area and it seems that Kenmore and GE are leading the way with introducing their latest in home technologies. For a consumer brand as large as GE its surprising that this is their first appearance at CES. They have taken this opportunity to introduce […]

Watch Out For These Wiring Mistakes

Can you change an outlet or move a light switch? Do you consider yourself an amateur electrician? You may feel up to most electrical tasks but here are some pitfalls to watch out for that could save your life and your circuits. 1. Three way switch wiring 3-way switches can […]

How to Move a Single Pole Light Switch

How to Move a Single Pole Light Switch

Let’s say that you are doing some remodeling and you need to move an existing single pole light switch. Well, the easiest way to do this is to change the existing switch box into a junction box. To do this, turn off the power and verify that it is off […]

5 Simple Steps to Installing Electrical Outlets

5 Simple Steps to Installing Electrical Outlets

It seems that there is always at least one location in our homes where an electrical outlet would be handy, but there is no outlet in sight. So today we are going to talk about installing or adding electrical outlets. This is one of the easier electrical wiring projects to […]

eXapath In-Wall New Media Cabling System

eXapath In-Wall New Media Cabling System

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you’ll know that we are big-time advocates of Twitter. It’s been an incredible channel to share, meet and learn from our readers, friends and industry folks. One such industry contact that we’ve taken notice too is Mike Hines of eXapath. Mike is […]

Hot Edge Prevents Icicles and Ice Dams

Hot Edge Prevents Icicles and Ice Dams

Falling icicles can be dangerous to you and heavy ice dams can be a detriment to your home. We came across the HOT EDGE at the 2010 Builders’ Show which looks like a great solution. It lines your existing gutter and melts ice and snow away from the edge of […]

Water Heaters Have Gone Hybrid

Water Heaters Have Gone Hybrid

Tankless water heaters have been the rage for sometime but if you still crave a more traditional water heater but want the energy savings then you may want to consider the Hybrid Water Heater from GE which we saw at the 2010 Builders Show. It’s the first water heater to […]

Hide Your Flat Panel TV Behind a Work of Art

Hide Your Flat Panel TV Behind a Work of Art

In the film Thomas Crown Affair, we loved how Pierce Brosnan hid stolen paintings behind an electronically controlled faux piece of art that would raise and lower which provided him access to his secret stash. The Art Screen from Vutec works in a similar way and instead of hiding contraband […]

Install a Programmable Thermostat and Save Energy and Money

Install a Programmable Thermostat and Save Energy and Money

Our old house has a gas floor heater and no air-conditioning (it’s always 75 in sunny Southern California). The thermostat seemed almost as old as the house and we’re not to sure it registered temperature correctly anymore so we just used it as an off/on switch which is inefficient and […]

Tune-Up Your Heater and other Fall Maintenance Tips

Tune-Up Your Heater and other Fall Maintenance Tips

We’re full of fall maintenance tips these days and hope to get everything accomplished this weekend which will be hard to do as we’re headed to Seattle to bring in the new season and enjoy a few days in the PNW. But if you’re home these are some simple tune-ups […]

Don’t Get in a Twist, Store Your Extension Cables the Right Way

Don’t Get in a Twist, Store Your Extension Cables the Right Way

As we mentioned in a recent newsletter, Timothy will be contributing regularly to ShelterPop and today he shares the proper way to store medium-heavy gauge extension cables. Storing cables the proper way prevents twisting and makes for easy use the next time you need them.

5 Energy Saving Tips from the Home Depot Foundation & Habitat for Humanity

5 Energy Saving Tips from the Home Depot Foundation & Habitat for Humanity

The Home Depot Foundation and Habitat for Humanity today announced the national expansion of Partners in Sustainable Building, a $30 million building program dedicated to greening more than 5,000 Habitat homes across the country. Below are five simple, inexpensive energy saving tips courtesy of The Home Depot Foundation and Habitat […]

Proper Power for Over Range Microwaves

Proper Power for Over Range Microwaves

One of the more popular space saving ideas in a kitchen is installing an over-range microwave. It will open up countertop space and provide an exhaust fan for your range if you don’t already have one. The drawbacks are depending on height they can be difficult to reach and lifting […]

4 Ways to Reduce Your Energy Costs and Stay Warm

4 Ways to Reduce Your Energy Costs and Stay Warm

Photo: Sad Furnace Day from Fensterbme The Home Depot has shared these tips for keeping your home warm this winter while saving money. 1. Regularly maintain your furnace and water heater. Regular maintenance on your furnace and water heater will increase energy efficiency in your home. By combining proper equipment […]

Get Help Paying for Heat this Winter

Get Help Paying for Heat this Winter

There are some who don’t have the means to keep themselves and their families warm this summer. If you need assistance in paying your heating bills or would like to help keep a family warm, follow these recommendations.

Electrical Outlet Orientation

Electrical Outlet Orientation

Should the ground slot be up or down?