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Household electricity is dangerous. The National Electric Code has requirements for electrical outlets, electrical circuits and cables. A rookie or DIY'er may skip over a step or unknowingly make a deadly mistake. Before beginning a project yourself, take the necessary precautions or contact a professional.

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Estimating the building cost of a new house involves a lot of factors. Building cost calculator software doesn’t always reflect current market conditions. You will need to do some research when estimating home building construction costs.

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HVAC ductwork sizing is critical for proper heating and cooling in every room. Return air ducting is necessary in almost every room. Have to get the air back to the furnace. These ductwork tips will help balance your air conditioning and heating system.

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The dimmer switch used to be a round knob that you rotated. Dimmer switches typically need no special wiring to install. The dimmer of today comes in an array of choices, so prepare to spend some store time deciding!

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Wiring electrical outlets should be done carefully. While standard duplex electrical wall outlets are great for strategic lighting in a room, things can go wrong inside the box. Electricity safety requires unbroken wires attached to the four screws inside the outlet. Contact and hire an electrical professional if your electrical outlets are misbehaving.

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Lightning may strike your home, but it won't always cause a fire. A cold strike can ruin your appliances. To prevent this, get an electrical grounding system for all electrical outlets. Also, you can install a lightning arrester inside your electrical panel. Transient voltage surge protectors can also protect electronics.

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Tim Carter, founder of AsktheBuilder.com, shares tips about change orders in this last video of a four-part series. Change orders are Death on a Stick. Change orders delay jobs. Change orders mean your plans were HORRIBLE. Change orders lead to big arguments. Tim shares how to AVOID change orders in this video. Free & Fast […]

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Tim Carter, founder of AsktheBuilder.com, discusses MONEY in video number three of a four-part series about finding the best contractor. Money is the only leverage you have in a job. You only want to pay for completed work that's done right. If you pay too much money up front, you can get RIPPED OFF. A […]

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This is video number two of a four-part series. In this video Tim discusses the importance of the contract. In a perfect world, and it happened only once during Tim's building career, you should be able to hand a contractor a set of plans, specifications and a CONTRACT and not have to talk to him […]

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