DEAR TIM: I’ve got a few perplexing problems at my house and have no idea how to solve them. A friend tried to change 3-way switches for me at the top and bottom of my steps and now they don’t work right. My doorbell all of a sudden stopped working. A friend at work said […]
William Roberts from Orlando, Florida (FL) wrote to me: "I have a three way switched light - like the example in your garden shed video. Both switches work correctly, but if I touch the light fixture when the light is on, I get shocked. What would be the cause of that?" Well William, that's easy. […]
An electrical wiring project can be dangerous. Take a course on electric wiring if possible. Learning the basic electrical wiring methods could help you understand how to wire electrical switches and outlets around your home.
There is a big difference between portable generators and standby generators. A portable generator can be moved around and normally will operate a single appliance, maybe two. A standby generator or home generator can power an entire home. There is also a difference in the way they react to a power outage.
Wiring a 4 way switch is not as complicated as it seems. The four way switch circuit requires a special 4-way switch and two 3 way switches. Each wire needs to be connected to the proper terminal screw on the light switches.
Lightning storms can send power spikes into your home. Tim Carter suggests using a whole house surge protector and point of use surge protectors to protect your home from these power surges. Which are the best surge protectors? That depends upon what you are protecting - televisions, appliances, computers or a laptop surge protector.
Tim Carter, of AsktheBuilder.com, demonstrates the installation of an electrical outlet box and how to easily wire the switch box. Having the proper tools is important when working with electrical outlets.