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FaceTime yourself to help with electrical work

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If you have an iPad and an iPhone, did you know you can actually FaceTime yourself? Why in all hell would you WANT to do this? If you do a lot of electrical work in your house alone, it’s a

Posted by Matt Chiste
April 11

Get rid of unneeded wall plugs with some drywall patches

When I relocated my media center for a cleaner look and one less piece of furniture in my family room, I was left with a plethora (it’s a word – look it up!) of outlets and wall plates under my

Posted by Matt Chiste
September 9

Mounting brackets for low-voltage systems

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When you install an electric outlet, you’ll need to use a single-gang wiring box, nailed into an adjacent stud, and all wiring connections need to be made inside the box for electrical code and obvious safety reasons. On the other

Posted by Matt Chiste
January 16

Leverage the space between floors for wiring

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I’ve written about wiring ethernet between floors before, but during my latest round of home improvements I came across something I hadn’t really thought much about before: there’s usually a ton of space between floors in a house. This space

Posted by Matt Chiste
January 12

You are connecting your extension cords this way, right?

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Public Service Message: Whether it’s Christmas Lights or power tools, any time you’re connecting two power cords together that have a chance of being pulled on, they should be connected thusly: Unless, of course, you want to get all fancy

Posted by Matt Chiste
December 18

Are LED Christmas lights worth it?

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We’ve covered the Insteon 8-watt light bulb, a DIY project involving LED light strips, and the Kill A Watt to quickly view energy usage (without needing a whole-house system). Armed with the knowledge that LED lights are cheaper to run

Posted by Matt Chiste
December 17

Track Electricity Usage with the Kill A Watt

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The holiday season is upon us, and for many of us that means Christmas lights. For some of us, way too many Christmas lights: A question that comes to mind when seeing some of that extravagance is “how much does

Posted by Matt Chiste
December 14
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