With late summer comes the heat and in many parts of the country, the humidity. We all know how unbearable the pressure of moisture in the air plus high temperatures can feel outside … and inside. Many bathrooms become veritable saunas in the summer, creating the perfect breeding ground for […]
Protect your valuable TVs, computers, and appliances with a whole house surge protective device.
A dust/waterproof and drop protected case make this multimeter from Klein Tools stand out from the pack.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.