Electrical

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?

New Outlets in Old Homes

New Outlets in Old Homes

ThisD*mnHouse realizes that one of the shortcomings of older homes is that when it comes to modern day living among all of our electronic appliances, televisions, and computers, old homes are ill-equipped to power this equipment. They’ve done a nice job with installing an outlet with a brass faceplate which […]

Install a Dimmer Switch

Install a Dimmer Switch

Change the atmosphere of your living or bedroom by adding a dimmer switch for the lights. Dimmers can help save electricity and prolong the life of your light bulbs. First decide what type of dimmer will work best. Your options include a dial, a touch pad, a slide and more.

5 Don’t Do-It-Yourself Projects

5 Don’t Do-It-Yourself Projects

If you visit our website you are most likely a person inclined to tackle home improvement projects on your own. But this list of 5 Don’t Do-It-Yourself Projects is a helpful reminder of tasks that often times require professional help. Calling in a professional is not about just giving up […]

Installing Speaker Wire Behind the Walls

Installing Speaker Wire Behind the Walls

When installing your home theater one of the most difficult tasks is keeping the unsightly speaker wires out of your line of sight as well as in an area where they will be disturbed as little as possible. This can be difficult considering that speaker wire must often times run […]

Off-the-grid a popular choice for secondary homes

Off-the-grid a popular choice for secondary homes

By now, you know the drill. Fuel and food and energy costs have skyrocketed. Bikes are hot. SUVs are not. Green is, most definitely, the new black. And as you grow more aware of managing energy and other expenses, don’t discount what is likely your biggest expense—your home. Sure, we […]

Extension Cord Safety

Extension Cord Safety

The DIY Maven shares her tips for using extension cords safely.

Install a GFCI Outlet

Install a GFCI Outlet

GFCI outlets are safety upgrades that every home should have. Houses built after 1993 are required to have these outlets installed in bathrooms, kitchens, and near any sink or washroom. GFCI outlets are specifically designed to shutoff the moment it detects a leak in the electrical current such as the […]

Label Your Circuit Breaker

Label Your Circuit Breaker

We all know how important circuit breakers are to keeping your appliances and lighting safe from surges, but with a bit of foresight you can make sure that the next time the power goes and you suspect it’s the breaker box you’ll know exactly what to do.

Wiring and Cables Defined

Wiring and Cables Defined

There’s a wire or cable that’s best suited for any application that you need. The challenge is determining which cable or wire to use and when. You should start with a basic grasp of your home’s electrical system and forge a plan of action for what you need to accomplish […]

Replace a Damaged Power Tool Cord

Replace a Damaged Power Tool Cord

Usually when your favorite drill, saw, or other power tool breaks it ends up being cheaper to just buy a new tool but with some manufacturers they just don’t make them like they used too. You can now head over to ereplacementparts.com which sell power tool parts for most major brands including Bosch, Skil, Porter Cable, Dewalt, and Makita.
David at ereplacementparts.com has provided a great how-to for replacing a damaged power tool cord.

Choosing a Fuse

Choosing a Fuse

So you know you’ve blown a fuse but you aren’t sure exactly the type of fuse or what the base is called. Before asking your local hardware store check out this fuse guide from About.com and see if you can find your fuse.

Overloading Electrical Outlets

Overloading Electrical Outlets

Mike Cain over at dannylipford.com has written an expert article regarding the dangers of overloading electrical outlets. Along with your cabinets, countertops, and appliances, you should also make sure you consider your power needs during a kitchen remodel and if you will need to upgrade and rewire your new kitchen. […]

Circuit Breakers

Circuit Breakers

Circuit breakers are the single most important piece of safety equipment in your home. They are vital in protecting you and your appliances from surges in electricity that can cause electrical fires and destroy electrical appliances. Whenever the circuit senses too much power it cuts the circuit before any damage […]

Lighting Sets the Tone

Plan your lighting layout with this helpful tool from Merillat. It outlines four different types of room lighting and how to achieve the perfect glow. Lighting a Room [Merillat]

360 Degree Outlets

360 Degree Outlets

Last year 360 electrical launched their 360 degree outlets and as amazing as the product is its also stupifying that a product like this hasn’t come out sooner. With all of the new technology that require a more solid electrical connection and bulkier plugs and cables, we’ve been relegated to […]