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CLICK HERE to get FREE BIDS from electricians in your city or town. I get quite a few questions each week about what size extension cord to use. You may be one that's very worried about safety and electrical fires when using extension cords. Talk with any seasoned firefighter and they'll tell you that extension […]

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Dimmer Switch SAFETY TIPS Just Below                 Dimmer Switch SAFETY TIPS: Most dimmer switches can only handle 600 watts Dimmer switches convert unused electricity to HEAT inside the dimmer switch Electric heaters usually are rated at 1200 watts, or more! TEST wall switches to see if they operate […]

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Gabriele, who lives in Crofton, Maryland, was worried about putting in the wrong bulb in a recessed light fixture. She wanted to make sure the bulb wattage was safe. Here's what she asked: "My recessed light housing reads 60-watt bulb maximum.  The GE bulb I have says the 75w "uses only 53w." Since I just […]

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Bob lives in Saint Peters Missouri and asked a not-so-easy question about wiring recessed lights. Here's what he sent to me: "I'm installing seven recessed lights in my living room and they're IC rated. My attic is full of blown in insulation. Do I have to go up in the attic to secure the wiring to […]

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DEAR TIM: I’m about to buy a digital multimeter to troubleshoot all sorts of electrical issues around my home. I’ll be blunt. Do you own one, and if so, which one? What do you like about the one you have? There seems to be a huge difference in these handy devices and I’m very confused […]

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DEAR TIM: Well, now I've done it. My newlywed wife has lost all confidence in my home improvement skills. She wanted me to install a dimmer switch in our dining room and now the chandelier only works half the time. There are two switches in the room that control the light. They worked fined before […]

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Robert and Sharon need some light on their front porch in Florence, KS. "We bought a older ranch house that doesn't have a front porch light or switch. How can we add one? And where would we get the power source from?" Well, this is an open-ended question to be sure! There are so many […]

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Quick Column Summary: Battery back up systems vs electric generators Portable and stand by generators cost less Battery elements cause of pollution 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 […]

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Quick Column Summary: Need a quiet multi-purpose generator That generator is available Bigger means more power Smaller generators need more refueling 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 […]

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