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Electrical Basics...New Homes, Additions, Renovations & Remodels

An electrical basics guide for beginners and do-it-yourself homeowners covering an electrical glossary, tools, devices, supplies and a frequently asked question section. This covers topics in relationship with new construction, additions, renovations, and remodels. In order to learn how to do any electrical project, you'll first need to know the basics.
  1. Electrical Devices (107)
  2. Electrical Glossary (23)
  3. Electrical Supplies (8)
  4. Electrical Tools (16)

Anatomy of a Three-Way Switch
A three-way switch may put fear in the eyes of homeowners who attempt do-it-yourself projects. By knowing what each part of the switch is, what wire to use, and how to connect it, the mystery of hooking up three-way switches disappears.

How To Calculate Safe Electrical Load Capacities
In order to determine the safe capacity of a circuit, you'll need to consider the voltage, amperage and wattage of a circuit, then take that times 80% for the safe capacity.

How to Size a Bathroom Exhaust Fan
In order to keep bathrooms free from mold and mildew, bathroom exhaust fans remove moisture and odor quickly and easily. The real secret is getting the right sized exhaust fan for the proper room size.

What Is Task Lighting?
Task lighting provides additional, directional lighting for specific areas of your home like kitchens.

Electrical Wiring Needed For A Bathroom
Bathrooms are damp and have special needs when wiring them. This article will help you install appropriate electrical wiring to cover lighting, air flow, and safety devices in your bathroom.

Why Light Bulbs Burn Out
I'm often asked why light bulbs burn out so early. Why do some last a long time and others burnout quickly?

How to Free Old Fixtures From Painted Ceilings
Learn how to free old fixtures from ceilings that have been painted.

What are Wire Connectors?
Learn what the the term wire connectors means and what they are also known as.

What is a Rotary Dimmer Switch?
Have you ever heard the term rotary dimmer switch and wondered, what is that? Obviously it's a switch, but what makes it so special? Find out what it does and what it is used for in the article.

How To Turn Off a Circuit Breaker
Electrical projects often involve taking devices out of boxes and opening up existing circuits. For these reasons, it is imperative to know how to turn a circuit breaker off in order to safely work on a project.

What is a Split Outlet?
Find out what split outlets are and what electrical installation that they are used for.

Electrical Service Drip Loops
Drip loops are used on electrical wires everyday and serve a very important purpose. Without these there would be all sorts of electrical malfunctions. Find out what they are and what they are used for in this tutorial.

Common Electrical Mistakes by Homeowner Do-It-Yourselfers
Electrical installations and repairs will happen throughout the years and if you are knowledgeable enough, will attempt some of these electrical fixes yourself. Electrical wiring can be easy enough for the average homeowner, but there are some common mistakes that happen far too often. These common mistakes and blunders can be a safety hazard, and can ultimately cause electrical fires.

Electrical Basics 101
We depend on electricity to light our homes, turn on our television sets, and even cook our meals. When the power goes out because of a storm, a short circuit, or another problem in the electrical circuit, understanding what the basic components of an electrical system is a must.

Electrical Supplies Finder
Quickly find electrical supply wholesalers by adding you zip code, area code or a company name. The system will find supply companies in your area. You'll see a listing of company names, their address and their phone number. It's much easier than using a phone book!

Outdoor Lighting and Receptacle Codes
Here are a few outdoor lighting and receptacle codes that you will need to know before wiring your home or making room additions.

Hydromassage Bathtub Electrical Codes
Learn the safety codes needed to connect a hydromsasge tub.

Automated Sprinkler Systems
Automated sprinkler systems are a great way of watering gardens and yards.

Appliance Ratings of Major Appliances
Learn the mathematical breakdown of how energy-ratings are established on appliances via the bright yellow stickes attached to them.

Top Appliance Wiring Tips
Here are some of my favorite appliance wiring articles.

The Light Bulb Guide
Here's a comprehensive look at light bulbs, lighting fixtures and their uses or restrictive uses.

Bathroom Fan Locating Tips
Learn the secret tips to locating the best place for a bath fan in your bathroom.

How to Add an Outlet to an Existing Wall
Adding an outlet to an existing wall are made easy in these steps that will allow you to add an outlet to an existing wall without damaging it.

Top Electrical Connections In and Around The Home
Learn about the top electrical connections in and around the home. Whether it's the service connections that feed the house, the branch circuits that feed the devices, or the devices themselves, this collection of electrical connections will have power flowing through your home safely.

Light Angel...Battery-powered LED Lighting
Light Angel is the easy-to-install, motion activated wireless LED light that's perfect for outdoors and indoors!

Detecting Motion and Body Heat With Motion Detectors
Installing a motion detector light is the first step to stopping intruders from approaching your home. Here's a look at the benefits of them and how they work.

How to Wire An Electrical Panel
Learn how to wire an electrical panel with these simple step-by-step instructions. Knowing where to make the connections in a breaker panel is explained in detail.

Outdoor Lighting Options
Outdoor lighting comes in many shapes and sizes. From low voltage lighting to security lighting, the options go on and on. Let'stake a look at the many outdoor lighting options.

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