Home Automation

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7 Surprising Uses for Appliances

Some classic devices offer alternate functions.

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Recessed Lighting Wiring Instructions

This elegant style can create a calming, moody glow.

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Home Tech Forecast for 2022

Some buzzy trends continue to expand.

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Upgrade Your Tech Skills with These Free Sites

Download some new skills through the intertubes.

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7 of the Best Smart Appliances in 2021

From big to small, these devices make life a little easier.

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Circuit Breaker Wiring

There's no need to get intimidated.

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Electrical Ground Rod Installation

How to go about electrical ground rod installation.

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Soldering Iron Differences

Here are 3 different types of soldering irons you may consider for your DIY projects.

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Lead-Free Solder Vs. Lead Solder

Lead-free solder is becoming more common, replacing the traditional solder made from lead and tin.

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How to Wire a 120/240 Volt Receptacle

Out with the old, in with the new, more versatile option.

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How to Run Cable Underground with PVC Conduit Part 1

Wiring an outdoor living area, or having power to a shed, or outbuilding, you will to run cable.

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End-of-Run Electrical Receptacle Wiring

There are 2 main types of receptacle wiring; one that continues on to another receptacle and end one.

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Light Switch Installation: How to Install a Neutral Wire

Planning a light switch installation is not typically challenging, even for the novice.

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Building a Home Office Series: Home Office Wiring Considerations

More and more Americans are working from home, whether as their own bosses or as an employee.

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How to Wire an Outdoor Shed

Connect your shed to your household power supply.

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Manual Transfer Switch Wiring Explained

Kick up the back-up generator with a transfer switch.

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4 Things to Know About Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats reduce your carbon footprint and save money.

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Home Tech Trends to Watch for in 2017

Looking forward to smart home tech that actually works?

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Smart Home Devices for Older Folks

These gadgets make life safer and more comfortable.

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What Smart Home Devices Are Worth the Money?

From security to savings, home devices are getting smarter.

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Everything You Want to Know About Smart Appliances

Smart appliances are just easier to use, but they can save you money as well.

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Smart Home Features to Add Value to Your Home

Some smart features make your home more valuable to buyers.

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8 Technology Hacks for Homeowners

Automation technology not only can add a "wow" factor to your home, but also can make it safer.

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Outdoor Smart Home Devices

Add these outdoor tech miracles for your next summer party.

Someone using a smart phone to turn their oven on.
Smart Home Fire Prevention

Want to make your home safer and smarter but don't think you have the tech know-how? Think again!

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Is It Time to Make Your House a Smart House?

It's almost unavoidable to have smart systems in your home.

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Hot Tub Wiring

A bad connection can cause a heating failure.

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The Easiest Smart Home Tech to Adopt in Your Home

Smart home tech can make your life easier.

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How to Wire an Outdoor Shed - Part 1

Wiring a shed means running power from the house, burying your wires, and hooking up a subpanel.

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6 Advantages of MC Electrical Cable

MC electrical cable is a very popular type of electrical cable which has many different advantages.

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How to Wire Two Light Switches from One Power Source

Dealing with electrical wires in any DIY project can be confusing and dangerous.

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How to Remove a Knockout from Your Box or Panel

When wiring your home, it may be necessary to access your knockout box to create more locations.

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Proper Electrical Grounding Techniques Explained

Electrical grounding is the way to ensure that your family are not harmed by stray current.

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Humidistat vs Dehumidistat

There are many varieties of humidity sensors and an equal number of applications for them.

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How to Wire Plug Outlets for 110v Electricity

Nearly every home in America has 110v electricity pulsing through its outlets.

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How to Find an Electrical Cable in Your Walls

Accidentally cutting into a cable is a big no-no.

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01—How to Troubleshoot Common Humidistat Problems

A humidistat is used to control humidity levels.

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How to Install Residential Electrical Wiring

Installing electrical wiring can be dangerous.

Smoke alarm mounted to a wood ceiling.
Smoke Detector Wiring 101

The whole house can be connected on one system.

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Understanding 220 and 230 Volt Wiring

Know your wiring before installing your next big appliance.

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Understanding 120/240V Wiring Color Code

Untangle the complex network of wires in your walls.

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Identifying House Electric Wiring Colors

Some basics you may already know.

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How to Make Your Own Water From Scratch

Filter the output from a dehumidifier.