Kitchen Exhaust Question #1: Tim, I’m very excited about an upcoming kitchen remodel at my home. I need your advice about my kitchen exhaust fan. I’m getting conflicting information from contractors, the kitchen designer, and my husband. You’re my lifeline. Can you address the best practices for kitchen exhaust fans and any other aspects to […]
3 Way Switch Troubleshooting is Simple - Play Musical Chairs Watch the above video to see how to troubleshoot a 3-way switch that you goofed up. Yes, I know you did. I know you had good intentions, but now you've got the wrong wires on the wrong screws. Using just painters tape, a marker, a […]
White Salt on Brick and 3 Ways Question #1: Tim, I’ve got a mess on my brick home. I live in Houston, TX and have a sprinkler system for my lawn. The water sometimes gets sprayed on my brick exterior. White stains appear. I’ve tried scrubbing with water and a water/acid mix. Nothing is working. […]
Ring® Floodlight Cam Review - A Dream Security Spotlight My wife doesn't like our new Ring® Floodlight Cam. "You're a creeper," she says to me. That's because our Ring® keeps a vigilant eye on who comes down our driveway. She doesn't like to be watched so she's not happy with me. I tell her, "Just […]
Ring® Video Doorbell Is Easy and Fast I installed my new Ring® Video Doorbell on a rare fair-weather December morning here in central New Hampshire. Christmas was just days away and I was filled with excitement as I opened up my Ring® box. Snow meltwater was dripping on me, but I didn't care. I was […]
IMPORTANT NOTE FROM AUTHOR: December 21, 2017 The following review was originally published on November 2, 2017. Within two weeks of publishing it, my Knock stopped working. The interior doorbell was the first thing to malfunction. A week later, the app failed to work if someone pushed the Knock button you see above. I reached […]
Surviving the Storm A ferocious Nor’easter lashed central New Hampshire last night and my family and I did a good job of surviving the storm. The howling wind and rain knocked out my electricity before midnight. My cable Internet access was cut as well. It was impossible to get a good night’s sleep. Standby Generator […]
Follow the National Electric Code when dealing with outdoor lighting or residential wiring. Provide surge protection for your home with a lightning arrestor and protect yourself from electrocution with GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) devices.