Electrical Sitemap - Page 2 2016-09-26

What is a Four-way Switch?
What do you know about a four-way switch?

Install a Bathroom Fan - Exhaust Fan Locations
Learn the secret tips to locating the best place for a bath fan in your bathroom.

How to Stay Safe When Working With Electricity
Electrical safety is everyone's responsibility. Here are some tips to keep you safe when working with something connected to an electrical circuit.

What Is An Automatic Water Shutoff Valve?
Your home has many different appliances that connect to the water supply. Diswashers, washering machines, ice machines, toilets, and drinking fountains around sinks and installed on refrigerators all pose a leak threat to your home. Automatic water valves can protect your home from water damage, even when you are not home to detect the problem.

Whirlpool Duet Front-Load Washing Machine Review
Front-load washers, like the Whirlpool Duet washers, have some advantages over the top load washers. They are commercial grade washers and are much larger than a standard top-load washer. Because of their size and because they have no agitator in the middle of the drum, they can hold more clothes. Can you guess how many pairs of jeans this unit can wash?

Halloween Lighting For Trick or Treat Safety
Halloween is a fun time for kids to run wild, scream, and collect lots and lots of candy. This year, make it a safe trip through your yard to the front door with the addition of more lighting for safety.

What Is Surface-Mounted Wiring?
When you need to extend a circuit and cutting in boxes just isn't an option, surface-mounted wiring may be the answer.

All About Circuit Breakers
Here's a look at a circuit breaker panel and its many circuit breakers.

Knockout Punches for Electrical Work
Learn what knockout punches are and what they are used for when doing electrical work.

Wireless Light Switches and Wireless Receptacles
Here's a great way to add light switches, receptacles, and lights without installing any wires!

What are Electrical Panels and Circuit Breakdowns?
Electrical panels control the electrical power of your home. Here's a breakdown of what an electrical panel has.

Overloaded Circuit - Ground Faults and Shorting
Learn what to do when your circuit breaker trips or fuse blows. When you lose a circuit in your home, these tips will come in handy. Page 2.

Breaker! Breaker! I’m So Con...Fused!
Learn what to do when your circuit breaker trips or fuse blows. When you lose a circuit in your home, these tips will come in handy.

Tripped Breaker or a Blown Fuse - Other Problems to Consider
Learn what to do when your circuit breaker trips or fuse blows. When you lose a circuit in your home, these tips will come in handy. Page 3.

Carbon Monoxide...The Silent Killer
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal as it suffocates a person without warning, being tasteless, odorless and oxygen-depleting. Find out the specifics on carbon monoxide and how to keep from becoming a victim in this informative article.

Closet Light Fixture Dangers
Find out why light fixtures in closets must have protective globes surounding the light bulbs.

Match The Bulb To The Fixture
Using light bulbs of higher wattage than the fixture recommends could cause the fixture to overheat. This in turn often leads to an electrical fire. One warning sign to look for is a brown spot on the light fixture's insulation. Another is the wire insulation will become brittle from continued exposure to high heat from the bulb. And in the case of can lights, the fixture's built-in thermal trip will automatically shut the power to the light bulb off. If you have a can light turning itself on and off, you probably have the wrong light bulb in the fixture, causing overheating.

Light Bulb Socket Defects Causing Light Bulb Burnout
Besides the possibility of cheap bulbs and insufficient contact points to make a light bulb live it's lifespan, light bulb bases have ben known to become inoperable or defective. Here's a look at what happens to make them this way.

Electrical and Mechanical Causes of Light Bulb
Learn the reasons why your light bulbs may be burning out so early.

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs - CFL's
Here's a look at the pros and cons of compact fluorescent light bulbs.

The Light Bulb Guide
Let this light bulb guide help you install, remove, and choose the proper light bulb.

Installing Outlets
There are many ways and reasons to install outlets. Here are some of the methods and installation techniques used by the pros.

How to Install an Outlet in an Existing Wall
In order to install an outlet, you'll need a few electrical tools. With these instructions, you'll have power readily available in no time at all. Learn how to add another circuit in an existing wall. These easy steps will allow you to add another outlet without damaging the portion of the wall that you'll be seeing.

How to Wire and Install Electric Dryer Outlets
In order to install an outlet, you'll need a few electrical tools. With these instructions, you'll have power readily available in no time at all.

How To Wire Split Outlets
Split outlets control lamps that plug into an outlet in a room of your home, like a living room. These outlets are converted in such a way that a switch in your home can run one half of the outlet while the other half is hot all the time.

Isolated-ground Receptacles
Isolated-ground receptacles have their uses in today's home. They are used to provide power to and protect circuit feeds, like those that have sensitive electronic devices attached to them. Quite often, electromagnetic noise becomes a problem in a regular ground wire's system and this noise is transmitted though audio systems. This can also effect picture quality on television screens. Quite often this noise results in a humming or buzzing sound.

How to Install an Outlet
In order to install an outlet, you'll need a few electrical tools. With these instructions, you'll have power readily available in no time at all.

Adding an Outlet...A Video Demonstration
Wiring and installing an outlet is something you can do on your own. To add an outlet, you'll need to know the steps involved. This video will show you how to get an outlet up and running.

Over the Range Outlet Installation
In order to install an outlet, you'll need a few electrical tools. With these instructions, you'll have power readily available in no time at all.

Ground Fault Outlets - GFCI's - How to Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters
In order to install an outlet, you'll need a few electrical tools. With these instructions, you'll have power readily available in no time at all.

How to Wire and Install Range Outlets
In order to install a range outlet, you'll need a few electrical tools. With these instructions, you'll have power readily available in no time at all.

Electrical Safety - Live Line Demo - Electrical Safety Demonstrations That Could Prevent Accidents and Save Lives
Live Line Demo, Inc. is owned by Kyle Finley of Alvin, Illinois and is in the business of educating people about electrical safety around power lines.

Home Safety Room By Room
Home safety can be broken down in dangers room by room.Here are five areas around the the home to consider.

Send Him Off To College With a New Razor
Razors and trimmers make a great going-away-to-college present. He will need to shave and groom, so give him what he needs.

Lighting Shipped Right To Your Door
Home lighting options are numerous and this list of lighting, lamps, and fixtures will have your home shining bright the whole year through. Look over the options and proceed to shop online via the link I provided to Amazon options!

Wall Sconces - Wall Mounted Lighting - What Are Wall Sconces
Most lighting in your home is mounted on the ceiling. Sconces on the other hand, are mounted on the wall.

Central Air Conditioners – Lubricating The Fan Motor
Leran how lubricating the central air conditioner's fan can add to its life.

Labor Day Camping..The Safe Way
Labor Day camping can be both safe and fun if you follow these great camping safety checklist items before heading to the campground.

Electrical Circuits - What Is An End-of-run Circuit - Last Device
When you open an electrical junction box and theres only one cable in it, chances are it is an end-of-run circuit.

Electrical Safety - Indoor and Outdoor Electrical Wiring Safety Codes - Electrical Wiring
Outdoor electrical wiring has specific building codes that should be followed to ensure

Branch Circuits - Branch Circuits For Ranges and Cooking Appliances - Electric Range And Oven Wiring
Branch circuits are the electrical wiring feeds that power appliances like ranges and ovens.

Alternative Power Sources - Are There Alternative Power Sources - Backup And Portable Generators
If you've ever wondered if there is a choice to powering your home or lessening your electric or heating bills through an alternative power source, these articles may be the starting point.

Hidden Dangers Of Cracked Outlets
There are hidden dangers associated with cracked and damaged outlets.

Wind Energy...The Way Of The Future Or Today?
Wind energy, and its generation of power, is a booming industry already, with no signs of slowing down. Let's examine what it is all about.

Last Minute Christmas Gifts He'll Love!
Get those last minute Christmas gifts for the man in your life. Here are some great Christmas gift ideas!

Is My Electrical Wiring Safe?
Consider the possibility that your electrical wiring may not be safe, or is it?

How To Pull Wire With Ease
Wire caddies and wire-pulling carts can help you pull electrical wires with ease

Room Addition Considerations
Room additions could consist of new construction or renovating a basement or attic into living space.

National Electrical Codes To Live By
The NEC, National Electrical Code, is a set of safety rules and regulations developed to protect you and your family. These articles will teach you about electrical safety needs.

How To Check Single-pole Switches - Remove The Wires And Check The Switch For Continuity
In order to check a single-pole switch for proper operation, disconnect the two hot wires and check the continuity between the two posts while turning the switch on and off.

Single-pole Switches - How To Check Single-pole Switches - Wall Switches
Learn how you can check single-pole switches to see if they are still functional and in good working order.

How To Check Single-pole Switches - Remove A Single-pole Switch Coverplate
See how easy it is to remove a single-pole switch coverplate.

How To Check Single-pole Switches - Remove A Single-pole Switch
Learn how to remove a single-pole switch from a junction box.

How To Check Single-pole Switches - Check The Single-pole Switch Wiring Connections
Single-pole switch wiring can lead to single-pole switch problems.

Arc-Fault Circuit-Interrupter Protection - Arc-Fault Circuit-Interrupter Protection In Dwelling Units
Arc-fault circuit-interrupters provide protection from the effects of arc faults, which includes arcing of switches and the like. The device then shuts the circuit down when arcing is detected.

Electric Meter - What's Hiding Behind An Electric Meter
Have you ever wondered what is behind an electric meter and how it is wired?

What are Three-way Switches?
Although we've all heard the term three-way switches, what do we really know about them? OK, they're switches that turn lights on and off, that's obvious. But what makes them so special? Page 2.

Anatomy of a Three-Way Switch
Sure you can wire a single-pole switch, but what about a three-way switch? Page 3.

Three-Way Switch
A photo of a three-way switch. Electrical.

Types of Electrical Switches - Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of electrical switches.

Switches - Do Your Switches Make the Grade
Learn what the difference is between standard and commercial grade switches. Learn why one type is much better than the other.

Cool Ideas On Hot Days
There are many ways to keep cool on a hot, summers day. Besides air conditioning, there are some unique ways of keeping cool throughout the day.

Ways To Light Your Home
There are many lighting options available for your home. The list of options varies from indoor to outdoor, but there are certainly a lot of options. Let's look over a few of them and see how these can shine a light on your world!

Recessed Lighting Using Can Lights
Use can lights for recessed lighting in your home where directional lighting is needed, like in kitchens.

Lighting Options For Your Home
There are many lighting options for your home. Here are a few you will need like track, can, sconce,and fluorescent lighting.

What Is Track Lighting?
Track lighting is a great way to add many light heads with a single lighting opening. There are many styles to choose from. Page 3.

Fluorescent Light Fixtures and Bulbs
Fluorescent fixtures and bulbs are a great way of lighting businesses and offices. Page 4.

Sconce Wall Lighting
Wall sconce lighting adds lighting to walls in your home's rooms. They provide lighting in rooms with no ceiling light. Page 2.

Plumbing, Pools, Hot Tubs & Jacuzzis
Take a look at what is required for the proper installation of electrical wiring, specially designed outlets, and safety when dealing with plumbing, bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, pools, hot tubs, spas, Jacuzzis and campers.

Electric Water Heaters
Electric water heaters should be your choice of water heating in your home and here's why!

Generators, Power Sources and Power Outages
When the power goes out in your home, it is nice to be prepared and have a backup generator to power your home or one of the other alternative power sources.

Light Bulb Revelations
Light bulb choices can be difficult and knowing what wattage and type to install can save you from problems like light bulbs burning out early and fires from putting the wrong wattage bulb in the socket. Here is a great light bulb guide.

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New Generation Smart Meters
Smart electric meters are becoming the face for the utility companies. These devices automatically read power consumption and more.

Air Conditioning - How To Keep Cool In The Summer Without Air Conditioning - Summer Cooling Tips
These simple but effect tips can keep you cool in the summer without the expense of running an air conditioner.

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters - NEC Rules
Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets (or receptacles) are used as a safety device in and around dwellings. The National Electric Code is very specific where to use these devices. Here's a look at the required areas in and around your home and properties.

Learn About Wire
Electrical wire types, colors, and sizes are explained in detail.

Halloween Lighting Ideas
Halloween lighting options for both the haunted house display and the figurines that surround it gives a great spooky show when you add a few strings of light to light the walkway to the treasure of candy at your front door.

Power Outage Do's And Don'ts
When storm damage causes electrical power outages, often portable and whole-house generators are used to power your homes. Here are the do's and don'ts of generator usage.

Picking the Perfect Range Hood
Choosing the perfect range hood takes some proper planning and knowing what to look for in a range hood. Here are some great tips to get you started.

Keyless Entry Door Locks
See how keyless entry locks are the door entry systems of the future, replacing key locks.

Photovoltaic Systems - Solar Power Electrical Systems
With this solar power system you can literally disconnect from the utility company and produce your own power!

What Is Wire Pulling Compound Or Cable Lube?
Wire pulling compound, often called wire lube, wire lubrication, or cable lube, is used by electricians to pull wires through conduit, reducing friction.

Appliance Wiring
Every appliance, whether it be a counter top appliance like a coffee pot or a major appliance like an electric range, has an electrical connection. Each has a specific outlet and certain breaker size that they are needed to be connected to. These connections are easy enough if you can follow these simple instructions.

How to Wire Electric Range Receptacles
In order to install an electric range, you'll first have to install a range receptacle. Learn how to wire electric range receptacles with this easy step-by-step guide.

How To Install a Dryer Cord
When buying a new electric dryer, you'll need to know how to install a dryer cord. Learn how to properly install a dryer cord on an electric dryer.

How to Install a Range Cord
A new electric range is a welcome appliance in your home. You may need to connect a range cord to make it operational, unless the appliance store that you purchased it from supplies it. These simple step-by-step instructions will guide you through a range cord installation.

How to Change a Bake Element in an Electric Oven
In order to get the right bake element for your electric range, you'll need to have the model number for the appliance store or repairman in order for them to look up the proper part. The model number can be found on the inside of the bottom pan drawer. Pull the drawer out and look for a white or silver tag that states the model and serial number. This will ensure that you get the right replacement part.

How To Install an Ice Maker
When purchasing a new refrigerator, you forgot an important addition, an ice maker. So now that you’ve gotten the unit home, you might just as well install the ice maker yourself. Sounds hard you say? Not really. With a few tools and fifteen minutes, you can install an ice maker in your refrigerator.

Change Gas Oven Ignitors
Your gas oven is a modern convenience that cooks the food while you scamper around the house. You just plop the roaster, pizza, or casserole in the oven, set the temperature and turn it on bake. That's it! So easy even a caveman can do it, right? But what happens when the oven doesn't heat? What could be wrong? Well the problem may be with the electric ignitor. With a few tools from the electrical toolbox and a little patience, you can change it yourself and save a little money. Here's how to change a gas oven ignitor.

Wiring Typical Laundry Circuits
It is commonplace for homes today to have one or more of three different laundry circuits. Each has its own unique assignment for supplying power to the laundry appliances. One is a 20-amp circuit designated to run the 120-volt power for the washing machine and the control power for the dryer. This circuit can also supply general-use devices. It is wired with 12-gauge wire and is usually type THHN or THWN wire. This is a dedicated circuit for the laundry room only.

Battery Backup Lights
Find out how battery backup lights can prepare you for electrical outages.

Generator Safety
Learn how to safely install, operate and maintain a portable generator.

Generators and Battery Backup Lighting - Lights Out - Be Weather Ready
The dog days of summer bring hot, humid days and severe weather right on along with them. These storms can produce high winds, tornadoes and hurricanes. Severe storms have a way of causing power outages and can leave you in the dark if you’re not prepared. It’s time to plan ahead for the worst case scenario. Find out how battery backup lighting and portable generators can save the day. Don't be left out in the dark!

Be Prepared
Be prepared for power outages by knowing a few simple tips.

Gas Heaters - Gas Space Heater Tips - Furnaces
Learn the benefits of using a gas space heater.

Heaters - Top Three Types Of Space Heaters - Furnaces
Space heaters are a great way to heat individual rooms.

Heaters - What Is A Furnace Switch? - Furnaces
A furnace switch is used to protect the furnace wiring with a fuse and give a disconnecting means for the circuit. This gives you a complete description of its use.

Heating - Electric Heating Wattage And Circuit Size For Living Areas - Electric Heaters
Here's a chart to determine the electric heating needs for your residence.

Heaters - What is a Baseboard Heater? - Electric Heaters
Baseboard heaters can be mounted on the wall and provide radiant heat in individual rooms. Take a closer look at what they are and how they are used.

Baseboard Heaters - How To Wire a Baseboard Heater Thermostat - Electric Heaters
Baseboard heater thermostats are a great way of regulating the temperature of a room. Baseboard heaters can have the thermostats connected directly to the heater or mounted externally on a wall. Either way, they turn the power on and off to the unit, like a switch turns a light on and off.

Electric Heaters - Connecting Too Many Portable Electric Heaters Can Cause Circuit Overloads - Portable Heaters
Portable electric heaters are a nice addition to heat these rooms as long as you don't get carried away. The problems start when you connect too many heaters to the same circuit and cause a circuit overload.

heating - Furnace and Portable Heating Options and Tips - Furnaces
Here's a look at different types of heating options in your home and tips to connect them properly.

Furnaces - Heaters And Heating Tips - Heating and Cooling
As winter approaches and the temperature plummets, the need for heat in your home becomes more important. Portable and fixed heating are used to heat the home. These heating and safety tips will keep the winter months both warm and safe for you and your family!

Dedicated Appliance Circuits
Dedicated circuits are required by the National Electrical Code, but what are they? The code requires that every fixed appliance must be served by a separate, dedicated circuit, not shared by any other appliance. A dedicated circuit is defined as - a circuit that serves only that appliance. These appliances include refrigerators, freezers, electric range, electric water heaters, furnaces, washers, dryers, microwaves, dishwashers, and garbage disposals. And don't forget about heat pumps, sump pumps, and air conditioners.

Ceiling Fan Factoids
Choosing a ceiling fan can be quite intimidating. Which is best? Which is right for you? You'll need to know what to look for and why. Here are some great tips!

Top 8 Wiring Projects At Home
Electrical wiring comes in different colors, sizes and types. Before you buy electrical wiring, be sure you have the right type and size for the job!

Top 10 Appliance Repair Projects
Kitchen appliances require repair from time to time and these great top ten appliance repair projects will keep your kitchen working properly.

Seven Ways to Save on Your Utility Bill
Find out how these seven tips can save you energy and save on your utility bill.

Electrical Tools - Insulated Electrical Tool Grips - Insulated Grips
The use of these electrical tools with safety grips can protect you from electrical shock.

Timers - What is a Time Switch
Learn what a time switch is and what it does.

Metal Boxes - How to Connect NM Cable in a Metal Box
Learn how to connect NM cable to a metal box.

Nonmetallic Cable - How to Strip Nonmetallic Cable
Learn how to strip nonmetallic cable with the use of a specially designed wire stripper.

Weatherheads - What is a Weatherhead
Do you know what a weatherhead is and what it is used for on your electrical service?

Switches - Switches Used In the Home
Take a look at the most common switches used in homes today. This article explains what they are, how they are wired and how they work.

Low Voltage Transformers - Low Voltage Power
Learn how a transformer converts 120-volt power to low voltage.

Recessed Lighting - Can Light Rough-ins
Learn how to rough-in can lights for new installations.

Gas Space Heaters - Gas Space Heater Tips
Find out how to choose a gas space heater before you buy.

Electrical Devices You Can't Live Without
These simple electrical devices are something you may not be able to do without. Some provide convenience, while others can save you money. Then there is the safety issue that can protect your family from injury or death.

Spring Storms ...Are You Ready?
Spring brings warmer temperatures, singing birds returning, flowers popping out of the ground, trees budding, the rainy season, and of course storms. Are you ready to deal with the bad weather that is coming?

Recessed Lighting - What Are Can Lights
Learn what recessed lighting is and why they are often called can lights.

Secure the Ceiling Fan Mount
The ceiling fan mounting screw secures the fan support as a safety feature. Learn how to secure the ceiling fan support mount.

How to Install Ceiling Fans Step 1
Ceiling fans are used extensively in homes today. This step-by-step tutorial will teach you how to install ceiling fans. This detailed article covers the installation of ceiling fans from start to finish.

Install the Bulb and Globe to the Ceiling Fan
Learn how to install a light bulb and globe cover on a ceiling fan.

Assemble Fan Blades
Learn how to assemble fan blades on a ceiling fan.

Mounting Ceiling Fan Blades
Learn how to connect ceiling fan blades to a ceiling fan.

How to Install a Ceiling Fan Light Kit
Ceiling fan light kits dress up a home's ceiling fans. Learn how to install a ceiling fan light kit.

Install a Ceiling Fan Support Cover
Installing a ceiling fan isn't complete without installing a ceiling fan support cover. Learn how to install the ceiling fan support cover.

Connect the Ceiling Fan Support and Support Pin
Learn how to connect the ceiling fan mount.

Install the Ceiling Fan Ground Connection
The ceiling fan ground screw provides a grounding means in the event of a short circuit or bare wire coming into contact with the fan, which you could touch and get shocked. It is imperative that this connection be made. Learn how to connect a ground wire to a ceiling fan.

How to Hang Ceiling Fans: Connect Wires, Secure Housing
Learn how to hang the ceiling fan, make the electrical connections and secure the housing. Page 9.

Tips for Eliminating Ceiling Fan Noise
If your ceiling fan is making a lot of noise lately, this article is for you.

Which Way Should Ceiling Fan Turn in Summer and Winter?
Since the 1800's, the great debate has been on about which way a ceiling fan should turn to either cool in the summer or warm in the winter. I've heard many people argue until they are blue in the face over who is right and who is wrong. Before we have anymore Hatfields and McCoys battles, let me set the records straight.

Ceiling Fans - Ceiling Fan Installation Basics - Ceiling Fan Support
Learn the basics for properly hanging and installing ceciling fans, including ceiling boxes

Outdoor Lighting, Receptacles, and Wiring
Outdoor wiring, receptacles and lighting are a must to provide convenience, safety, and security to your home.

How to Turn Off a Circuit Breaker - Electrical Basics
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. Shutting off the circuit that you're working on and then testing the circuit will ensure that you won't be electrocuted. Electrical safety should be your number one concern for the welfare of yourself and your family.

Low Voltage Rings - What is a Low Voltage Ring
Low voltage rings are metal or plastic rings. They are used for low voltage devices. Find out which ones.

Electrical Boxes - Electrical Boxes Used In Homes
Electrical boxes come in many shapes and sizes. find out which is used for what in this informative article.

How to Install an F-Connector on Coaxial Cable
Learn how to install an F-Connector on coaxial cable.

How to Install F-Connectors - How to Insert an F-Connector Crimp Ring
Learn how to install an F-Connector crimp ring onto coaxial cable.

How to Install F-Connectors - How to Strip the Inner Plastic Core of Coaxial Cable
Learn how to strip the inner plastic core of coaxial cable.

How to Install F-Connectors - How to Attach the Coaxial Cable Shield
Learn how to attach the coaxial cable shield to F-connectors.

How to Install F-Connectors - How to Crimp F-Connector Crimp Rings
Learn how to crimp F-connector crimp rings on F-connectors.

Door Chime 120-volt Wiring
In order for the door chime to function, you'll need to install or attach to existing door chime wiring. This 120-volt feed is minimal and can be attached to an existing circuit.

Door Chime...An Alerting Device
Door chimes, sometimes called door bells, are a convenient way of having notification that someone is at one of your doors. Sometimes having someone knocking doesn't alert you to visitors, but having a centrally locted door chime to alert you can have its benefits.

Door Chime Installation Preparation
In order to install a door chime, you must first disconnect the power source from any electrical box that you will be working on to avoid electrical shock.

Door Chime Parts Checklist
Door chimes are sold seperately and it is likely that you'll need to buy additional items to complete your installation. Here's a look at what you may need.

Door Chime Recommended Tool List
As with any electrical project, you will certainly need a few electrical tools. Here's a look at some of the recommended tools you'll likely need.

Door Chime Low Voltage Wiring
The low voltage wiring on the chime side of the transformer in this example runs on 16 volts. It requires only low voltage wiring to complete the installation.

Door Chime Button Wiring
Low voltage wiring is run from the door buttons to the door chime mechanism in order to complete the circuit to make the door chime ring.

Testing The Door Chime
In order to see if the newly installed door chime is functioning properly, test the door chime by pushing each door button in order to see if they make the chime ring.

Electrical Circuits - What Is An Middle-of-run Circuit - Last Device
When you open an electrical junction box and there is more than one cable in it, chances are that it is a middle-of-run circuit.

Wiring Electrical Receptacle Circuits Through a Receptacle
Wiring through receptacles is a method that many people have used for years, but it is not the preferred method according to electricians and the National Electrical Code.

Receptacle Wire Connections - Outlets
If you've ever wondered why one connection method to a receptacle, often called an outlet, is better than another, this is the article for you.

How to Make Pigtail Wire Connections
Learn how to properly connect two or more wires by connecting a pigtail connection.

The Benefits Of Using Solar
Solar power can run many different things in your home like ceiling fans.

Electrical Codes & Regulations
There are electrical codes, rules and regulations to live by when performing electrical work. These are designed for unity and safety.

Electrical Project Possibilities
Electrical projects can be both costly and rewarding. Sometimes a few simple upgrades can make all the difference.

What to Do When You Return to Flooded Homes
When flood waters suddenly inundate your home without warning, the damage can be catastrophic. You're suddenly forced from your home because of rising water and many times, everything must be left behind. Of course, you can't wait to get back into your home following the disaster. As soon as the water stops rising and it begins to fall, you figure that it is now safe to go in and start evaluating the damage.

Electrical Panels and Circuit Breakdowns
Electrical panels control the electrical power of your home. Here's a breakdown of what an electrical panel has.

Outlets - What Is a Split Outlet? - Electrical Outlets
Find out what split outlets are and what electrical installation that they are used for.

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.

Electric Dryer Heating Elements- What Is An Electric Dryer Heating Element - Electric Dryers
Electric dryers use electric heating elements to produce heat to dry clothes.

How To Convert Electric Clothes Dryer Cords From 4-Prong To 3-Prong
easy to follow instructions for changing a dryer cord from 4-prong to 3-prong.

How To Change An Electric Dryer Cord From 3-Prong To 4-Prong Cords
These easy instructions will help you change a 3-pronged dryer cord to a 4-pronged setup.

How To Install a Dryer Cord
Easily install a dryer cord with these four easy steps.

What Causes Electric Dryer Outlet and Cord Failures?
Learn what can cause an electrical dryer cord and outlet to fail.

How To Wire a 4-Prong Dryer Outlet
easily and safely install a 4-pronged electric dryer cord wittese simple instructions.

Electrical Burn - What To Do In The Event Of Electrical Burns - Electrical Burn Treament And First Aid
Electrical burns are a direct result of electric current passing through a body by coming into contact with a live electrical circuit.

Household Electrical Dangers Exposed
Hidden electrical dangers around the home can lead to serious injury. Find out what dangers are around your home and how to prevent them.

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Proper Wire Size for Underground Circuit Cable Length
When considering the appropriate wire size for a circuit, don't forget to take the circuit length into consideration.

Types of Electrical Wire & Cable Conductors
Learn what the five different types of electrical wires are and what they are used for.

What Thermostat Terminal Letters Mean
Learn what the letters on the terminals of a thermostat mean and what connects to each.

Electric Water Heater Element Problems
Diagnosing electric water heater problems can be a snap if you know the shortcuts in finding the problems. Why sometimes, it is as easy as turning on a faucet to find the answer.

How to Install Dishwashers in Your Home
Learn how to correctly install dishwashers in your home. By following these steps, your dishes will be clean and shiny in no time.

What is a Circuit Breaker Panel?
Have you heard the term circuit breaker panel and really never knew too much about them and what they do? In this article, I explain what a circuit breaker panel is.

How to Change a Bake Element in an Electric Oven
Learn how to change an bake element in a electric oven.

Branch Electrical Circuits Explained
A home's electrical system has feeder wires that supply power to the panel and branch circuits that leave the panel to power devices. Find out what these branch circuits are used for.

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.

How Does an Electric Meter Read Power?
Have you ever wondered how the utility company knows how much power you used each month? This basic article explains how it all works with an electric meter.

Two Ways of Testing Single-Pole Switches
Here's a simple couple of ways to test a single-pole switch in and out of the circuit.

Electrical Shock - Amperage Not Voltage Kills
There are many dangers associated with electricity. The real danger with electrical shock is amperage, not voltage.

Swimming Pools and Spas Code Requirements
Learn proper electrical do's and don'ts in this code requirement tutorial. Electrical safety around pools and spas must be followed to ensure backyard fun.

Choosing the Best Grounding Materials
A grounding system is comprised of a ground rod, wiring to connect it to a service panel, and a ground buss. It is a very important part of your electrical system to ensure electrical safety.

Circuit Breakers - How to Reset a Circuit Breaker
Learn how to reset a circuit breaker that has tripped.

Understanding Electrical Wire Lettering
Ever wonder what the letters on electrical wire mean? Find out in this informative article.

Thermal Electric Motor Protection - Information
Electric motors incorporate thermal protection to protect the motor from burning up, find out why.

Tandem Breakers vs. Double-Pole Breakers
Here's a look at the differences and similarities between tandem and double-pole circuit breakers.

Nonmetallic Cable Sheathing Color Codes
Just as color codes mean something on individual electrical wires, so too is color-coding for nonmetallic cable.

Testing Receptacles for Grounding - Electrical Safety
It is important in this day and age to have a ground on the receptacles in your home. You likely have one of two types of receptacle, a polarized or a three-slot receptacle. In order to perform this test, you’ll need some type of electrical tester. This could be a neon tester, a receptacle tester, a voltage tester, a receptacle tester, or a multi-meter.

Stop Drafts Around Outlets - Insulation Methods
If you feel a draft around your outlets, it is time to insulate them. This article tells how to weatherize them in these easy steps.

Testing Continuity With Multi-Testers
Learn how to test continuity with a multi-tester.

Wire a Single-Pole Switch Instructions
Learn how easy it is to wire a single-pole switch. This simple how-to will have you turning lights on and off in no time.

Recommended Electric Heating Wattage & Circuit Size
Learn what the recommended wattage is for the living area of a room of your home for electric heating.

How to Safely Replace a Gas Oven Ignitor
Your gas oven is a modern convenience that cooks your food while you do other things around the house. But what if the oven doesn't heat?

Fluorescent Light Bulbs: The Three Types
There are three distinctive fluorescent light bulbs: T12, T8, T5. Here are the differences between them.

Creating a Circuit Directory - Labeling Circuit Breaker
Labeling circuit breakers and fuses is not only a good idea so tha you know the locationand devices they serve, nut also a National Electrical Code requirement.

Outdoor Outlets...Tapping Into an Existing Circuit
When you are in the need of an outlet on the outside of your home, what are you to do? You could run a new circuit from the circuit breaker or fuse panel. Then again, wouldn't it be much simpler to just tap into an interior outlet within the home? Here's how to do just that.

The Possible Dangers of Metal Roofing
Many people today are installing metal roofs to replace the conventional singles they once had. But what are the dangers associated with metal roofs?

Electrical Wire - Wire Size - Wiring
My readers often ask what the proper sized wire is for installations in a home. Here's a look at the common sizes.

Cementing PVC Conduit and Fittings
Working with PVC conduit and its fittings is easy and with the right technique, you can have a strong holding bond between the conduit and the fitting by using this great tip on how to glue with PVC glue.

Outlets - Isolated-Ground Receptacles
Electromagnetic noise can be a problem with audio and home theater equipment alike. One sure-fire way of making sure this noise isn't present is to use an isolated-ground receptacle to power this type of equipment. Although the basic shape of the receptacle is jsut like any other receptacle, there are some differences that make this recptacle different. The ground plug holes are isolated from the case ground, making it an isolated ground system. If the sound has a buzzing sound, you need this.

Do It Yourself or Hire a Pro?
So the old electrical system, wiring and devices are not what they used to be? Cords fall out of outlets, the switches only work some of the time and it seems as if everything is on one circuit when a breaker trips. You know that the dreaded time has come to rehab the electrical system and components. The question arises that you may have pondered for a few years now, should I do it myself or call a professional?

What Is a Fish Tape? Electrical Wire-Pulling Tools
When pulling wires through pipes, an electrician's tool list wouldn't be complete without a fish tape. This coiled spool of thin wire is a must-have tool to make wire pulling an easy job. A fish tape is nimble enough to go around corners and bends in conduit and is strong enough to pull wires through piping without breaking.

Heating, Cooling & Thermostats
About.com Electrical Expert, Timothy Thiele has put together an interesting array of heating and cooling thermostat related articles to guide you through choosing, installing and wiring the appropriate thermostat for the job.

Ceiling Fan Factoids
Here are some great ceiling fan articles that will teach you how to choose the right fan, install it, quiet the fan noise, and which way it should be turning in each season.

Plastic Electrical Boxes (Advantages and Disadvantages)
Plastic junction boxes have their advantages and disadvantages. Although they are easy to install, they are not always the best choice for every application.

Electrical Boxes and Their Uses
Electrical boxes are everywhere in our homes, but do you know all of the different types used and how they are installed? Here is a great list of articles addressing electrical boxes in homes.

Metal Boxes - Gangable Boxes
Learn how metal gangable boxes can be joined together to convert a single-opening box to a double-opening box.

Gangable Boxes - Adding Space to Gangable Boxes
Learn how to add space to a gangable box.

Gangable Boxes - Combine the Gangable Boxes
Learn how to combine two gangable junction boxes to form one double-opening box.

Working With Electrical Contractors
When your home's electrical is on the fritz, who you gonna call? Learn how to find and hire electricians and electrical contractors. Find out how much an electrical project should cost you.

Programmable Switches
Programmable switches offer both normal and automated lighting controls to serve as a cheap alternative for a security system add-on.

Motion-sensing Switches
Motion-sensing switches use a wide-angle infrared beam to detect motion in a large area of a room in order to turn on a light. With a complete package of a manual override for normal operation, a sensitivity control for maximum response, and a time-delay shutoff, this switch may be for you!.

Timer Switches
Timer switches can be set to turn on and off lighting at preset times.

Time-delay Switches
Time-delay switches are manually controlled, spring-driven switches that control devices for up to sixty minutes.

Specialty Light Switches
Specialty switches can add both security and convenience to your home by adding one or all of these five switches. Choose from time-delay, timer, automatic, motion-sensing, and programmable switches.

Automatic Switches
Automatic switches use a narrow infrared beam to turn the switch on and off with motion in front of the switch.

Generator Backup Systems - Power Outages
Here's a great way to childproof your home from potential electrical hazards.

Testing Amperage With Amp Clamp-On Probes
Electricians sometimes need to check the amperage on a wire without disconnecting from a circuit feed and clamp-on amp probes are the answer.

Working With Electricity Safely
Any time that you are working on an electrical project, safety should be your nuber one concern. With these seven tips, you'll hopefully have a productive and safe electrical project.

Disadvantages of Two-Slot Receptacles - Outlets
Old receptacles, often called outlets, can pose a problem. Loose connections and the lack of grounding are among the problems that appear. Let's discuss the disadvantages of two-slot receptacles in the home.

How to Calculate Subpanel Loads
A step-by-step process on learning how to calculate subpanel loads. On this page we discuss the basics of what you need to know first.

Subpanels - Subpanel Coverage Area - Service Panels, Circuit Breaker Panels And Fuse Panels
Learn how to calculate the subpanel coverage area of your home to determine the appropriate size that you will need.

Subpanels - Subpanel NEC Wattage Calculations - Service Panels, Circuit Breaker Panels And Fuse Panels
Don't forget to calculate the National Electrical Code's wattage adjustment for circuit loads.

Subpanel Circuit Breaker Sizing
Subpanel circuit breakers are sized according to the load that it will be servicing. Page 5.

Calculating Subpanel Loads - Wiring Sizes
The subpanel wiring sizes can be determined after finding the appropriate sized circuit breaker.

Subpanels - Calculating Subpanel Wattage - Service Panels, Circuit Breaker Panels And Fuse Panels
Subpanel wattage can be determined easily for subpanels using this formula.

Connecting to a Switch
Learn how to connect garbage disposal wiring to a switch.

Insert Romex Wire
Learn how to insert romex wire into a garbage disposal electrical connection box.

Ready The Wires
Prepare the wires to be connected to the garbage disposal.

Connect the Wires
Learn how to connect the wires to a garbage disposal.

Replace The Cover
Learn how to replace the electrical connection cover on a garbage disposal.

How to Connect a Garbage Disposal: Remove the Cover
Find out how to make the electrical connection to a garbage disposal. This tutorial comes with step-by-step instructions and photos to make this an easy, do-it-yourself project.

Install a Wire Clamp
Find out how to install a wire clamp.

What Is a Switching Device?
See what the 2008 National Electrical Code book calls a switching device.

Downed Power Lines - Hazards & Risks During Hurricanes
Hurricanes and other inclement weather cause power outages and downed power lines. This article take s a look at what to do and what not to do in and around downed power lines.

Camping Electrical Connections for Safety
An electrical power tutorial about camper electrical connections and camping electrical safety.

Top 16 Appliance Wiring and Installation Tips
Here are some of my favorite appliance wiring articles.

Top 16 Appliance Wiring and Installation Tips
Here are some of my favorite appliance wiring articles.

Air Conditioner Sizing
If you've ever wondered how to size air conditioners for your home, look at this article on air conditioner sizing.

Energy Saving Window Air Conditioners
To increase energy savings, newer window air conditioners have an energy saver setting that turns the unit off and on while cooling the room. This saves you money on your electric bill.

Air Conditioning Chart
To choose the proper size air conditioner for your home just select the square footage on this chart and view the right sized air conditioner for the job.

Maintaining Central Air Conditioners
Central air conditioners need routine maintenance to keep them operating at maximum efficiency. These simple steps will keep them cooling like they should.

Choosing the Right Sized Air Conditioner
The heat is back across most of the country and now is a great time to get out there and purchase an air conditioner just right for your home's rooms or for the entire home. But how does one know what size is right for the space it will be required to cool? Let's take a look at how to determine just that!

Ceiling Fan Guide
Here is a simple installation guide that will walk you through putting together and installing the ceiling fan and a light kit. Choosing the right fan will be a breeze with this set of articles!

How To Install Ceiling Fans
Adding a ceiling fan to a room can add both beauty and comfort to a room. With a few simple electrical tools, you can easily install a ceiling fan yourself.

How to Install a Ceiling Fan Light
Learn how easy it is to add a ceiling fan light to a ceiling fan with these instructions.

Choosing A Ceiling Fan
Ceiling fans come in different sizes, colors, and degrees of performance. But how do you know which to choose? I have made it easier for you to decide with this article. Follow these steps...

The Great Ceiling Fan Debate...Summer Cooling, Winter Heating
Since the 1800's, the great debate has been on about which way a ceiling fan should turn to either cool in the summer or warm in the winter. Here are the facts!

Bathroom Vent Fan
A bathroom vent fan is an important part of every bathroom in the house. You may think that its only purpose is to exhaust smelly air from the room, but in fact, its more effect use is to remove warm, moist air from the interior of the bathroom to the outdoors.Here's how to choose.

Bathroom Fan Locating Tips
Installing a bathroom fan seems easy I suppose, but there is much more to installing it in the ceiling then you may think. Here's how...

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. Here's how...

What Type of Fan Do You Need?
In your home, there are many different types of fans used. Here are the different types.

A Guide To Electrical Outlets
Electrical outlets and receptacles are the power point of your homes electrical system. Learn what types of outlets and receptacles there are and how to connect them.

Utilizing A Voice-Dial Home Security System
Home security systems can be complete with the combination of motion detectors, magnetic swicthes, lighting, and horns. Learn how this combination is a worst nightmare for an intruder.

Electrical Glossary
Easy to understand definitions of common terms and phrases related to electrical. Just choose the appropriate letter range below for your desired word and look up the meaning of the word.

Lightning Protection Systems - Lightning Rods
Save your home from lightning strikes with the addition of lightning rods to your home.

Remove the Center Ballast Cover
This step explains how to remove a ballast cover from a fluorescent fixture.

The Ballast Exposed
This step explains the configuration of a ballast and its wiring.

Remove the Ballast
This step explains how to physically remove a ballast from a fixture.

Readying the Wires
This step explains how to prepare the wires for installation.

Fluorescent Ballast: Instructions on Disassembly
Fluorescent lighting is cool, soft lighting that works well in kitchens and utility rooms. If you’ve ever had one of these lights turn itself on and off, you may have a bad ballast. Sometimes it will seep a tar-like substance into the cover of your light. Either way, it is time to change the ballast.

Power Down
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Uncover the Cover
This step tells how to remove the lens cover of the fixture to expose the bulbs and ballast cover.

Remove the Bulbs
This step explains how to remove fluorescent bulbs from a fluorescent fixture.

Over-The-Range Microwave Ovens - Mount The Mounting Bracket to The Wall
Mounting the mounting bracket is the next step in securing the microwave oven over your range.

Over-The-Range Microwave Ovens - Insert the Microwave into the Mounting Bracket
Place the microwave oven into position and, at the same time, insert the electrical cord through the hole in the upper cabinet.

Over-The-Range Microwave Ovens - Plug in the Microwave Oven and Test
To test the microwave oven, you'll need to plug in the microwave to the outlet in the cabinet.

How to Install an Over-The-Range Microwave Oven
This is a complete step-by-step guide to installing an over-the-range microwave oven.

Over-The-Range Microwave Ovens - Mark the Mounting Holes
This is a complete step-by-step guide to installing an over-the-range microwave oven.

Over-The-Range Microwave Ovens - Drill Pilot Holes for Mounting a Microwave Oven
In order to make the installation of mounting a microwave oven to a wall and upper cabinet, drilling pilot holes makes the job much easier.

Over-The-Range Microwave - Install Outlet in Cabinet
An over-the-range microwave oven will need an outlet to run it. This outlet should be installed somewhere in the upper cabinet that the microwave will hang from. Page 2.

Over-The-Range Microwave Ovens - Positioning the Exhaust Fan in an Over-The-Range Microwave Oven
In order for the exhaust fan in an over-the-range microwave oven to work properly, you might need to turn it to the proper postion before installing it.

Why Not Use Push-In Terminals on Switches, Receptacles
Learn why the push-in connections are not the best choice for connecting switches and receptacles.

What Is a Baseboard Heater?
A baseboard heater can add supplemental heat to a room that is drafty or colder than other rooms.

Straightening Bent Cooling Fins on Central ACs
Bent cooling fins on a central air conditioner's condensing coil can restrict air flow and lower the efficiency of the unit. Learn how straightening them can save you money.

How to Operate Programmable Thermostats
Learn how easy it is to program a programmable thermostat.

Baseboard Heaters - Turn On the Power and Test a Baseborad Heater
After installing baseboard heaters, you'll need to turn on the power before you can test the heater for functionality.

Baseboard Heaters - How To Install a Baseboard Heater
Baseboard heaters are a nice addition to an area of your home that is drafty or colder than the rest of the house.

Wiring a Baseboard Heater
Wiring baseboard heaters is as simple as adding a 20-amp circuit. Simply pull a 12-2 non-metallic sheathed wire from the electrical panel to the area of the wall you want to place the baseboard heater. Since baseboard heaters have a built-in junction box, you won't have to cut in a junction box to feed it.

Wiring a Baseboard Heater - Wiring the Baseboard Thermostat Connection
When connecting to a baseboard heater, you have a couple of options when it comes to the thermostat connection. This article will show you how.

Baseboard Heaters - Mounting Baseboard Heaters
Mounting baseboard heaters is as simple as leveling and screwing the heater to the wall.

Too Many Portable Electric Heaters Can Cause Overloads
By connecting too many portable electric heaters to a single electrical circuit, it could result in an electrical fire and damage to your home.

Electrical Safety: Swimming Pools, Hot Tubs, Jacuzzis
Here is a comprehensive look at electrical safety issues associated with swimming pools, hot tubs, and jacuzzis.

Working Safely With Electricity by Being Insulated
When working with electricty, there are some things that could keep you from getting shocked, or at least, lessen its effects on your body if you do come in contact with it. The more that you are insulted from electricity, the less the chance that you will become its path to ground, thus shocking you.

Electric Motors and Maintenance
Here's a look at ways to protect and maintain electric motors.

Home Wiring Identified
A look at triplex, main feeder, panel feed, non-metallic sheathed wire (NM), and single strand wire.

Light Fixture Problem...Light Bulbjavascript:void('Bold') Doesn't Light
Light fixture problems can be caused by these things and here are the solutions.

Light Fixture Problems...Bulb Flickers
Light fixture problems can be caused by these things and here are the solutions.

Light Fixture Problems...Fuse Blows or Circuit Breaker Trips
Light fixture problems can be caused by these things and here are the solutions.

Lightbulb Burnout
Lightbulb burnout may be caused by many things. These are the three top causes of lightbulb failure

Incandescent Light Fixture Troubleshooting Guide
Incandescent light fixture problems can be tracked down by following this extremely simple troubleshooting guide.

Tips on Tinning Stranded Electrical Wires
Tinning electrical wires can turn stranded wires into solid wires.

Electrical Installations Requiring No Junction Boxes
These are some unique instances that you can connect electrical wiring to devices without having to have a junction box, and here's why.

What Is a Furnace Switch?
Furnaces often have a furnace disconnect switch that is capable of disconnecting power to a gas furnace.

Why Light Bulbs Burn Out
Information on bulb failure - why some bulbs seem to burn forever while others won't last a week. Is it a bad batch of bulbs or could it be something else?

Clearances for Conductors and Cables for 600 Volts or Less
According to the 2008 National Electrical Code, the overhead spans of open conductors and open multiconductor cables of not over 600 volts, nominal, shall have the following clearances for safety. In Article 225.18 of the NEC, the following cable heights must be maintained.

Types Of Electrical Conductors Used In Wet Locations
Electrical projects require installing electrical wire, but which types of wires can be used in wet locations? The better question is, what does the 2008 National Electrical Code say about it?

Electrical Wire Sizes
Electrical wire sizes differ depending upon the installation and amperage needed for operating lighting, and appliances in a home.

Laundry Designated and Dedicated Circuits Differences
Here's a little explanation of the difference between designated and dedicated circuits as per a laundry room.

Automatic Water Shutoff Valves Information
An automatic water shutoff valve controls a single water line or the whole house's water supply to shut the water flow off to the line usung a shutoff valve. It is triggered by a water sensor placed on the floor to detect water leaks.

Electrical - Laundry Wiring Requirements
Learn what the laundry wiring requirements are for receptacle installation and why.

Essential Room Addition Wiring Needs
Room additions are a great way to add additional space to an existing home and these are the electrical wiring circuits you may need to complete it.

Octagon Electrical Boxes And Their Uses
Octagon boxes are often used for supporting ceiling fixtures and making electrical connections, but they do have their weight limits.

What Is a Cartridge Fuse?
If you have a fuse panel, it's likely that sooner or later you'll be needing a cartridge fuse.

Extension Cord Choices
Learn what amperage some of the common extension cords are good for in this chart.

Top Electrical Wiring Tips for Your Home
Electrical wiring comes in many different voltage ratings, colors, and uses. It may be used for feeder wiring, low-voltage wiring, branch circuitry throughout your home, or eve grounding. The size and style of the wire that you're using dictates its usefulness on the project that you're trying to accomplish. Understanding electrical wiring is essential to a successful and safe installation in your home. Here are some great electrical wiring tips at a glance.

How to Wire Split Outlets: Turn Off the Circuit Breaker
Learn the first important step in wiring split outlets that control lamps that plug into an outlet in a room of your home.

Replace the Switch
When you've finished wiring the switch, screw the two screws mounted on the switch into the two holes mounted on the box.

Remove the Switch
Learn how to remove a switch. This is one of the steps in order to install a split outlet.

Run a New Wire
Learn how to feed a new outlet in a home.

Strip the Wire Sheath
Learn how to strip the electrical wires.

Strip the Wires
Learn the proper length to strip the insulated coating from an electrical conductor. Wires that are stripped the proper length are less likely to short out.

How To Wire Split Outlets: Remove Hot Tab on the Outlet
Learn how to make a regular outlet into a split outlet to have it be controlled by a switch. By breaking the center tab out of the hot side of the outlet, the outlet can serve two different purposes. Page 6.

Wire the Outlet
Wiring the outlet can be easy if you know how. Using the new wire that you just ran, a 12-3 with ground NM wire, connect the wires to the outlet. The ground wire (bare copper wire) pigtails to the box and also to the green screw on the outlet. Connect the black wire to the bottom brass screw and the red wire to the top brass screw. These are your hot wires, with the red wire being controlled by the switch. The white wire connects to the silver-colored screw. This is the neutral connection.

Install the Outlet
After making the connections to the split outlet, install the outlet. Use the two screws provided on the switch to secure it to the box.

Wire the Switch
Learn how to properly wire a switch so that the connection is secure and is well grounded.

How Electrical Service Panels Changed in the 1900s
Have you ever wondered how much the electrical system in your home has changed in the last 100 years or so. The electrical service panels have certainly changed and here's how.

Electrical Devices That Require No Junction Boxes
Is it possible or legal to install wiring without junction boxes? In these examples the answer is yes, but find out why it is possible.

Incandescent Light Bulb Troubleshooting
Are you having problems with your incandescent light bulbs? Find out what may be the reason behind the problem.

Time Switches - Connect the Load Connection
Learn how to connect the load connection to a time switch.

Time Switches - Install the Flash Shield
Learn how to install the flash shield in a time switch.

How to Wire a Time Switch: Connect the Ground Wires
First of five pages on how to wire a time switch and connect the wires to the appropriate terminals.

Time Switches - Connect the Neutral Wires
Learn how to connect the neutral wires to a time switch.

Time Switches - Connect the Line Connection
Learn how to make the line connection to a time switch.

Quick Safety Tips for Working With Electricity
Electrical safety is for everyone, no matter how experienced you are working with electricity. When working with electricity, you must respect its power and the dangers associated with it. If the power is on, it is not safe or smart to work on an electrical circuit. That’s why you’ll hear me preach time and again to turn off the power to the circuit that you are working on! Even experienced electricians have felt electricity’s wrath at one time or another, no matter how careful they are.

How to Install a Digital Programmable Thermostat
Learn how simple it is to install a digital programmable thermostat.

What Is a Rotary Cutout Tool?
A rotary cutout tool is often used to cut holes in walls for junction boxes and other obstructions.

Dryer Tutorial- Remove the Neutral Connection Bond Wire
In order to properly convert an electric clothes dryer from a three-prong to a 4-prong cord connection, you must first remove the neutral to ground connection that is made at the factory.

Electrical Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Projects
Electrical do-it-yourself projects can be challenging if you are unsure what to do first. With these step-by-step instructions and these how-to project tips, you'll be installing, upgrading, and repairing your home's electrical.

How Does Electricity Work? - Expert Q&A
Electricity, how does electricity work anyway? Household electricity and its current flow can be easy to understand if you compare it to the plumbing in your home.

Install the Strain Relief Cord Connector Clamp
In order to protect the 4-prong electric dryer cord and hold it securely in place, a strain relief cord connector is used. This keeps the cord from being cut on the metal of the machine and protects the electrical connections from being pulled loose if the cord is pulled.

How to Attach and Secure Electrical Cables
Electrical cables must be secured to framing from one electrical box to the other. Cables should be fastened to framing at least every 54 inches. Cables should also be fastened within 12 inches of a box.

Conduit - How to Bend Conduit With Confidence
A tutorial that teaches the easy way to bend conduit with confidence.