Install a Trap Door on Your Electric Receptacle

Do you have an outdoor electrical receptacle you like to use? It’s probably where you plug in the stereo while hanging out, outside. It may also be the source of electricity for your outdoor lights, especially during the holidays. Protect the Receptacles To protect these receptacles, it’s important to install…

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Use Joist Spacing in Your Garage

No matter how big our garages or basements are, we always seem to run out of storage space. It’s just inevitable. Making the most of every inch will give you storage options for everything you need. If you have items that need to be stored, we’ve got a solution for…

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Combat Moisture To Combat Mold

Mold can be a worrying issue, but it can only grow in areas of high moisture. It is hard to combat mold growth directly, but it is easy to combat excessive moisture. First, identify and fix the source of the moisture. It may be a leaky pipe, bad insulation, or…

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How to Deodorize a Garbage Disposal

After a while, garbage disposals can begin to produce an odor. This happens because food catches in the disposal and pipes. Once it starts to rot, the smell becomes distinct. Don’t worry; you don’t have to call a plumber. In fact, you don’t need any plumbing knowledge at all. Here…

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Under-Sink Storage for Fixture Parts and Manuals

If you recently updated a sink or bath fixture, you probably wondered what to do with the manual and spare parts included with your purchase. While these items often wind up in junk drawers, you may need them later. Instead of devoting space in your workbench or other storage containers…

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How Positive Feng Shui Can Help a Home Sell

As home inspectors and realtors know, there is usually a buyer out there for every home. When sellers utilize basic Feng Shui principles, they open themselves up to a bigger pool of buyers. Here are ten fast and effective tips to increase a home’s Chi. 1) It’s a Classic  The…

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Fix Tiny Holes with Flashing

One sneaky problem in your shingles that could be causing leaks is a tiny hole. Here are some of the problems this can cause over time. Rotten Wood The constant dampness on wood can cause it to rot. This could lead to structural damage over time, depending on the location…

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Tricks to Keep Wires Hidden

Too many wires can take over your home, causing it to look cluttered. There are wires for practically everything nowadays and keeping them under control is quite the task. Here are some tips to help you keep your wires out of sight and out of mind. Install important wires underneath…

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Remove Adhesives with Heat

If you’ve got something sticky that doesn’t want to budge, try using heat to remove it. While chemicals can end up peeling off paint, a hairdryer is a great tool, providing hot air in a concentrated column to direct at the sticky surface. If painter’s tape stays on a surface…

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Using Borax To Remove and Clean Mold

If you are trying to cleanse your house of mold, you probably are looking for the right cleaning substance. One option you may not have considered is borax. Like all mold-cleaning options, borax provides advantages and disadvantages. It is inexpensive and very effective, but it requires a bit more work…

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Properly Caring for Your Dry-Cleaned Clothes

Some of our clothes require a little more care than just tossing them in the washing machine followed by a quick run in the dryer. Instead, they need professional dry-cleaning services. Unfortunately, many of us feel that the wire hanger and plastic sheath combo we receive our clothes back on…

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A Cooler House with Your Window Air Conditioner

To keep your home cooler, check out these tricks. Cover your windows with curtains or closed window coverings during the day. By doing this, you save energy and enjoy a cooler home. Open your window at night when temperatures drop. Your air conditioner will not have to work nearly as…

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Quick and Easy Paint Touch-Ups Without a Brush

Your child just slammed his chair into a freshly painted wall, leaving a large, noticeable mark in an otherwise stellar paint job. Do you break out the painter’s tape, paint roller, and lay down plastic sheeting to fix this little hiccup? Instead of going to that much trouble, fix the…

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How to Fix Step Flashing Problems

Contractors use step flashing to create a proper seal along the areas where the roof meets the wall. However, even when properly installed these do need repair from time to time. What to Look For Here’s how to know if your step flashing might be the problem. Rusted flashing Flashing…

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Is Your Radon System Working Properly?

Once a radon mitigation system is installed, it’s easy to become complacent. However, it is important to follow up installation with regular testing. This ensures that the system is working properly to vent the radon gas away from your home rather than letting it seep in. Your best bet is…

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Replace Popped Nails in Your Deck

Changes in the weather cause swelling and shrinking in the boards of your deck. This movement of the wood fibers causes the metal nails to pop up out of the wood. Driving them back down is only a shortterm solution because they will pop up again after a shortened period…

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Quick and Easy Storage Shelves

You’ve probably seen milk crates used for storage, and many stores carry cheap plastic crates you can buy for this purpose. But, you can also create easy and colorful shelving for virtually any room in your home with these crates. Once you decide where you want to place your new…

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How To Beat Mold in Your Home

For nearly all homeowners, the scary specter of mold in the home ranks high on the list of worries. This nasty problem competes with floods, fires, storms, vandalism and termites as the most damaging of calamities that can hit your home. Making the problem of mold even more complicated is…

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Which Radon Mitigation Company Should You Use?

While it may be a little scary to swallow the cost of installing a radon mitigation system, it is important to invest in a high-quality system that will work properly and function for a long time. This is not a place where you should skimp, so if you’re buying the…

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What to Check Before You Call an Electrician

Basic troubleshooting often solves electrical problems. Read these tips to see if you can fix the problem before spending time and money calling in an electrician. If you just replaced a fuse, did you replace it with the same amperage? Make sure it is in tight and the fuse is…

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The Top 3 Home Inspection Mistakes Realtors Make

Every experienced real estate agent has worked with great home inspectors in their career. Regrettably, they’ve worked with some real dogs too. You owe it to yourself to recommend an inspector who won’t drive you crazy. Here are 3 common mistakes realtors make and how to avoid them. Skipping the…

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Office Organizers in Your Kitchen

Are you tired of sorting through a mess of different sizes of cookie sheets, baking pans, and cutting boards in your kitchen? Storing these items in messy stacks is not only cumbersome and a waste of storage space; it’s also a good way to damage their surfaces. Instead of potentially…

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5 Tips for Organizing Your Home Office

Working from home can be a great opportunity to work in your pajamas and sit in a favorite chair. Even at home, though, it is important to get things done efficiently and stay on task. Home offices often have to serve multiple purposes, so organization becomes key to keeping things…

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Mixing Epoxy with No Mess

Epoxy is a compound that requires two chemicals to work in conjunction to bond pieces together. One part cannot work without the other part. So how do you get a good seal without all the mess when using epoxy to repair items? Check out this trick for mixing both parts…

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Make Your Light Switches Easier to Find

There’s an easy way to make your light switches easier to find, and all it takes is a little dab of glow-in-the-dark paint. You can find glow-in-the-dark paint at most hardware and craft stores. Simply dab a bit of this paint to the tips of your light switches. Wait a…

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Your Home Tested High for Radon, Now What?

If you’ve received failing results from a radon test, you may feel a little panicked. However, it’s important to remember that there are professional radon mitigation installers who can get your home back to a healthy level. While it is not possible to get rid of radon gas, it is…

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How to Test Your Sump Pump

A sump pump is something all homes with basements and crawlspaces should have. It is a device that collects groundwater after a storm before it can flood your home. Without a properly working sump pump, rising groundwater could infiltrate your home’s foundation and cause serious property damage. Test your sump…

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No More Sifting Through Sandpaper

Every homeowner will eventually need sandpaper for different odd jobs around the house. Sandpaper comes in a variety of different textures, and most sandpaper has a “grit” rating so you can easily tell exactly how rough it is. Some sandpaper is great for preparing wooden surfaces for paint or primer,…

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No Sawhorse? No Problem

A sawhorse is a beam with four legs, usually used to support a piece of wood for sawing. A pair of sawhorses can be helpful in cutting wood, painting doors, and woodworking. If you don’t have the money or room for two sawhorses, or time to purchase two before beginning…

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Increase Closet Storage Space with Nook Shelves

Most of us want to make the most of our closet space, but recessed space at the ends of the closet can seem impossible to utilize efficiently. But, it is possible to create nook shelves that can easily hold blankets, towels, or whatever other small items you need to store…

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4 Easy Ways to Beat Allergies This Year

Allergy season can be a nightmare for those who are affected. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be. By taking steps to allergy-proof your home, you can make your allergies as manageable as possible. Do a Deep Clean Many allergies are aggravated by dust in the home,…

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Using Common Household Chemicals To Remove Mold

If you are hoping to remove mold from your home, you almost certainly already have a cleaner that can eliminate it. You could use ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, or even vinegar to clean the mold away. Each of these has their own unique advantages, and they are all incredibly inexpensive and…

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Change Your Furnace Filter to Save Money

Heating costs go up when furnace filters get clogged with dust, dirt and lint. When the furnace filter is dirty the blower and motor have to work harder to keep your house heated. This is a common problem that is easily avoided. During the months when your furnace is running…

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Top Things to Know About Mold and Mold Prevention

Mold is a versatile fungus present nearly everywhere. All it needs is a little moisture to start growing. Mold can thrive in high humidity areas and can attach to food, carpeting, paper and wood—anything organic. When mold spores are present in the air it can cause allergies and respiratory problems…

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How to Store Your Hose Tangle-Free

A tangled hose can create a whole host of problems: it can form kinks, invite mold, or you may just have a hard time pulling your hose out for regular use. You don’t want to waste time fighting your hose or spend money on a replacement. Keeping your hose tangle-free…

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Get the Facts About 5 Home Inspection Myths

Once the sale contract is signed, eager home buyers have another hurdle to overcome, the home inspection. As a real estate agent, you can ease your client’s mind by being a source of information about the home inspection process. Here are the facts behind five common home inspection myths. An…

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Troubleshooting Dead Outlets and CGFI Reset

Dead outlets can be a major inconvenience in the home. While your first instinct may be to call an electrician, there are multiple potential causes of dead outlets—many of which you can fix yourself. Before you pick up the phone, see if you can find the problem to save some…

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How to Repair a Doorbell

Doorbells are a classic way for guests to let you know they’re at the door, and malfunctioning ones can be an inconvenience. Fortunately, you can identify and fix the problem on your own. Here’s what to look out for: The problem may be with the wiring that connects the parts…

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Keep Lawn Supplies Protected from the Elements

The garage is typically the place where everything gets stored for outdoor projects. Garages are not always moisture-proof, making it important to store supplies properly. Lawn essentials such as grass seed, fertilizer, potting soil and more are particularly susceptible to moisture in the garage. The purpose of dirt is to…

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Inexpensive Tricks to Burglar-Proof Your Home

Have trouble remembering the code to your combination lock? Pick your favorite number and add it to each number of the combination. Write the new numbers on a piece of tape and stick it to the bottom of the lock. Anytime you need to remember the combination, subtract your number…

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Hot Outlets Are a Dangerous Sign

It is normal for your appliances to give off some heat during operation. For instance, game systems, TVs and computers may be warm to the touch while in use. The outlet, on the other hand, should stay cool. If you feel heat coming off the outlet itself, you need to…

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Hidden Air Leaks Inside Your Home

Even the smallest air leak in your home can make a big difference to your energy bill. It’s important to check for drafts in your home and to fix them as soon as possible. Sealing up cracks and keeping out drafts will keep your home more efficient. Check the electrical…

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Replacing a Plug and Rewiring Electronics

Performing a do-it-yourself project to replace a plug or rewire electronics can help save time and money, if you feel comfortable working on these items on your own. But be warned, incorrectly wiring these fixtures can create a dangerous situation where the appliance shocks you, especially if you touch a…

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6 Hidden Dangers in the Home to Watch Out For

Everybody wants a safe home. Unfortunately, it’s not always as simple as just keeping doors locked and the structure maintained. There are many surprising areas where your home may be exposing you and your family to unsafe conditions, and it’s probably not what you think. Mold One of the most…

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Help! I’ve Got Mold in My House

Mold is the big, bad, boogeyman of home ownership. Many a home inspection has been undone by the discovery of mold, and every homeowner worries about the day they have their own mold problem to resolve. If you’ve got a mold problem, it’s important to know the best course of…

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Tricks to Avoid Paint Mess

Painting your home is a messy project. Paint can end up on your clothing, your face, hands and any other exposed parts. We’ve got some tips and tricks to help you keep the paint on the walls and off of you. Apply a layer of lotion to your face and…

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Flexible Gas Lines Must Be Grounded

Flex line or corrugated stainless steel tubing is a popular way to supply gas to residences. Anyone who has gas entering their homes should be aware of the hazards that come with unmaintained lines. Explosions and gas leaks are no joke. It’s important for you to stay as careful as…

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Installing Recessed Lighting for Dramatic Effect

Recessed lighting can create a dramatic and stylish effect in any room. While you may think you need to have access to the attic to install these lighting fixtures, it is possible to install them with minimal damage to your ceiling. Here’s how: Locate a source of power and determine…

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Easily Organize Your Measuring Cups with This Hack

Sick of messy, disorganized kitchen drawers? Can’t find the measuring cup and spoon you need for a recipe? There’s an easy life hack to organize measuring cups that’s as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional. Here’s what you’ll need: One or two wooden strips Screws Small hooks Purchase strips of…

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Credit at Closing vs. Repairs

When your listing receives an accepted offer, expect the buyer to enlist the services of a home inspector before the contract is complete. Even a brand-new home isn’t perfect. Buyers often use home inspections to negotiate during the buying process. Home Inspection Purpose A home inspection is designed to ensure…

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Create Secret Storage Solutions

Get creative when it comes to hiding your stuff. Clutter tends to collect in ugly piles around the house. Instead of leaving it where it falls, create storage solutions to hide the mess. If you have valuables, hide them in plain sight with a bit of creativity. One example is…

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Build Cleaning Gear Storage With S-Hooks

Cleaning gear is essential to keeping your home in top shape but cleaning supplies aren’t always easy to store if you don’t have a way of keeping everything organized. And,as your cleaning supplies may touch the less than sanitary nooks and crannies of your home, you don’t want them touching…

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Get More from Your Vacuum

Have you been vacuuming the right way? You can do a few things to improve the results you get from a vacuuming session: Use a True High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. These filters help remove allergens and small particles from your carpets. Clean the vacuum after every use. Be sure…

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The Best Way to Mark for Wet Saw Use

Wet saws can be great for performing tile work, because the addition of water helps keep friction from wearing down the blade, allowing you to keep your home improvement project moving. But, they can pose a difficulty when it comes to marking where to cut your lines. The use of…

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How to Repair a Light Fixture

If you have a malfunctioning light fixture, you may be able to fix the problem without calling an electrician. Sometimes, all a fixture needs to work properly is to have a better electrical connection between the light and the tab in the socket. Turn off the power to the light.…

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How to Unclog a Slow Sink Drain

It’s usually easy to fix most backed-up sink drains in your home with a few simple tools. Your kitchen and bathroom basins have two places where most debris can turn into a nasty clog. Clean them out regularly to keep your drains free-flowing. Purging them is often a disgusting, smelly,…

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Easy Repair for Loose Doorknobs

You may wonder why some of the doorknobs in your home or office are loose and wobbly. Over time, they may break or make it difficult to open a door. Instead of replacing the whole knob, did you know there are secret screws you can tighten for a more secure…

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DIY Drawer Dividers

Do you have plenty of drawer space but find it difficult to keep everything organized? While you can purchase drawer organizers, these pre-made devices may not fit correctly in your drawers or may not have the right spacing for your drawers’ contents. Instead of spending money on ineffective organization tools,…

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How to Install Outdoor Lighting and Outlets

Need more outdoor lighting, but don’t have the plugs to provide electricity? You could resort to self-powered solar lights, or you could install a new outlet for outdoor lighting. Installing outdoor lighting is something most handymen and women can do on their own, even if there currently isn’t a source…

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Create a Welcoming Mirror and Message Board

It’s hard for families to stay connected during the week. Everyone is running off in different directions. It’s nice to have a home base area in your house to organize everything and to share important bits of information. Start your own message board with this cute and simple idea. Find…

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Best Way to Store Miscellaneous Items

We all have that one drawer that holds all of our miscellaneous junk. Some of us even keep our unwanted screws and bolts in a coffee can. But, with these setups, it can become impossible to find what you’re looking for, or even to know if what you need is…

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Painting 101: Best Drop Cloth

Painting your home can get messy. There’s no telling where the paint will fly. It’s always best to cover anything important, including flooring. The easiest drop cloth to use to cover your flooring while painting is a vinyl tablecloth. Most party stores and big box stores such as Walmart and…

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Keep Your Square on the Level

If you’ve used a measuring square before, then you know it can sometimes be a challenge to keep the square in exactly the right spot while you do your measurements. You set your square to the right place, move a hand to start drawing your line and then the square…

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How Circuit Breakers Work

Circuit breakers prevent millions of electrical fires every year. They cut off the power (“break the circuit”) when they detect problems such as an electricity overload, keeping occupants of the home safe from potential electrical fires. Every modern home comes equipped with circuit breakers, some of which may trip frequently…

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What to Do About a Wobbly Ceiling Fan

A wobbly ceiling fan is inefficient and a nuisance. There are several different reasons your fan might not be stable. If your fan is giving you trouble, follow these steps: Check if the fan is connected to a fan-specific electrical box. Only install fans with boxes meant for fans, not…

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An Easy Trick for Draining Vertical Pipes

If you’ve ever needed to solder a fitting onto copper pipe, then you know that you need to drain the water out of the pipe so the solder melts properly. While this sounds simple enough, draining water out of a vertical pipe can be tricky. Detach the spray nozzle from…

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Add More Storage to Your Shower

Running out of storage in your shower? We’ve got some tricks to add more space for all your favorite shower accessories. Most hardware stores sell a shelf option for the shower head, except you only have one pipe. Install cabinet knobs in your shower wall using hanger screws and drywall…

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Painting 101: Best Drop Cloth

Painting your home can get messy. There’s no telling where the paint will fly. It’s always best to cover anything important, including flooring. The easiest drop cloth to use to cover your flooring while painting is a vinyl tablecloth. Most party stores and big box stores such as Walmart and…

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Keep Your Square on the Level

If you’ve used a measuring square before, then you know it can sometimes be a challenge to keep the square in exactly the right spot while you do your measurements. You set your square to the right place, move a hand to start drawing your line and then the square…

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How to Add an Electrical Outlet

We’ve all had that problem before: you need to plug something in, but your home doesn’t have a nearby electrical outlet. Instead, you have to string together extension cords, which can behazardous on their own, in addition to causing clutter. Of course, adding in an electrical outlet can be a…

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How Circuit Breakers Work

Circuit breakers prevent millions of electrical fires every year. They cut off the power (“break the circuit”) when they detect problems such as an electricity overload, keeping occupants of the home safe from potential electrical fires. Every modern home comes equipped with circuit breakers, some of which may trip frequently…

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What to Do About a Wobbly Ceiling Fan

A wobbly ceiling fan is inefficient and a nuisance. There are several different reasons your fan might not be stable. If your fan is giving you trouble, follow these steps: Check if the fan is connected to a fan-specific electrical box. Only install fans with boxes meant for fans, not…

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