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The electricity goes out and it feels like your entire life is put on hold. A portable generator is the answer. These devices deliver enough wattage to power your residential electricity. Here are some things to consider when buying portable electric generators.

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A 3 way switch and 4 way electrical switch can be confusing to understand. A 3 way electrical switch installation is done to control a light from two different places. A 4 way switch is used with a 3 way switch for three or more control spots. The placement of both is important. This video will help you with your 3 way switch wiring.

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Household appliances use a lot of wattage. A portable electric generator must be sized correctly to handle the watts (based on amp rating) to power all these things. Here is a wattage table with common wattages for many appliances. The reactive load of these appliances is important when sizing your portable electric generator.

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Blackouts, brownouts and storm-related power outages can really disrupt your daily routine. Installing a portable electric generator may seem like a great idea, but it is not that easy. The electric generator has to be connected very carefully to your electrical system.

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Adding another doorbell to an existing doorbell is easy. You will need another transformer to wire the two together. Wireless doorbells are a new option with many doorbell chimes, but you will need to install another door button at your door.

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Surge protectors, or surge suppressors, stop invisible voltage spikes from harming electronics or appliances in a home. One type connects to the electric panel near the circuit breaker, while the more common type are point of use surge protectors for computers, telephone, printers, etc. These surge protectors can wear out, so be sure to replace them.

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Electrical fires happen every day in the United States because of electrical shorts that produce intensely hot arcs. An arc fault circuit interrupter senses these arcs and stops them, making them smarter than traditional circuit breakers.

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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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