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Malcom O'Dell, who lives in the land of rainbows and unicorns in Washington, DC, came to my website, saw a column I wrote about portable electric generators - and possibly one about standby generators - and proceeded to take me to the woodshed to bust my chops. Read for yourself: "Why do you recommend environmentally […]

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DEAR TIM: I've had it with power outages here at my home and I've decided to get an electric generator. I've got several complicating issues. For starters, my budget is tight. Second, I want this generator to be multi-purpose and take it on family picnics and camping trips. The generator needs to be quiet. What […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.   Recall Summary   Name of Product: ProLED bulbs   Hazard: The LED bulbs can overheat and fall onto consumers below, posing impact and burn hazards.   Remedy: Replace   […]

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Lori Ohaco, who lives in stormy Lincoln, Nebraska, has a challenge. A light bulb broke in a fixture and she needs to, well how about she tell you: " I have an outdoor yard light with 40-watt bulb in it. It has started blowing bulbs every two days. Some of the glass got broken in a storm. […]

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SATCO Products Recalls KolourOne LED Light Bulbs Due to Risk of Injury   WASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.   Name of Product: KolourOne Brand Panel Array 2.0 and DUO 2.0 PAR LED Light Bulbs   […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Tim Carter explains what an emergency standby generator is, how an automatic standby generator works and why you should hire a professional to install your standby home generator.

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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.

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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.

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