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How To Move and Replace Your Dishwasher

How To Move and Replace Your Dishwasher

Did you just (finally) invest in a dishwasher? Or has your family upgraded to a fancy new model? Good for you – this is one appliance that is vital to the efficiency of a modern home. Who wants to scrub dirty dishes for hours anymore? Now it’s time to try […]

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 […]

Klein Non-Contact Voltage Tester: Safe and Fast

Klein Non-Contact Voltage Tester: Safe and Fast

Klein introduced their new non-contact voltage tester at the National Hardware Show this week. It can detect voltage in cables, cords, circuit breakers and lighting fixtures without making contact. Red means voltage is detected and green means safe. It takes 2AAA batteries and also includes an auto-off feature that will […]

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 […]

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 […]

Water Your Christmas Tree

Water Your Christmas Tree

We love natural Christmas trees but everyone should remember that they need care to last as well as remain safe in your home. There is no greater danger than a tree that has dried out. Read this article from the New York Times for more information about caring for your […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shower Power

Shower Power

A reader sent over a DIY disaster that their handyman/landlord setup for them. Albeit she lives in China there is no excuse or reason to have exposed power outlets in or around the shower area. This outlet isn’t just exposed but the handyman left the extension cord that we presume […]

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 […]

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 […]