How to Splice Wires Up to Code

Knowing how to splice wires can open a world of do-it-yourself home improvement projects! The following method is the way to do so correctly per code. You will need: Junction box Plastic cover for the box Wire clamps to hold the wires in place in the box Wire nuts Two short screws, each about 1/2-inch Wire stripper Cable ripper Pliers …

Understanding Fuses in Older Homes

The electrical circuits of older homes that haven’t yet been updated are protected and controlled by fuses located in a central fuse box. Like circuit breakers, they protect against circuit overloads and short circuits. However, these fuses “trip,” you don’t reset them. Instead you must replace them when they blow (meaning, when they burn out). What are fuse controls? There …

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How to Replace A Ceiling Fan Yourself

Summer is flying by here in Southern Idaho, but high temperatures are just beginning! Air conditioning is great, but it can also cause your electric bill to skyrocket. Ceiling fans on the other hand have been used for decades to cool down (and even help to heat up!) different rooms in the house. During hot months, ceiling fans bring warm …

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How to Keep Your Outdoor Lighting up to Code

We recently wrote about outdoor lighting safety. Today, we’re sharing some tips on outdoor lighting and receptacle codes you’ll want to make sure you follow to help aid in that safety! With any electrical installation, there are electrical codes that must be followed, and outdoor electrical installations are no exception. Here are some basic codes and requirements for outdoor lighting. …

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How to Safely Use Outdoor Lights

Outdoor lights are great! You can use them for safety, for decoration, or just for fun. However, sometimes electrical safety isn’t always considered when hanging up outside lights because they’re often seen as being temporary… but that can make them more dangerous! Here are a few tips for keeping your outdoor lights safe. (A little heads up: the key is …

3 Fun Electrical Science Project for Kids

Just because it’s summer vacation doesn’t mean that learning has to stop for kids! Take some time this season to teach your kids about electricity beyond the typical safety tips with these three fun experiments they’ll love. STATIC ELECTRICTY PROJECT Show kids the power of static electricity and how it works with this fun, hands-on project. You’ll need: Comb Toilet …

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When Should You Call an Electrician?

Doing household projects yourself is all the rage these days, and in all honesty, it sort of always has been. And it’s easy to understand why: creative freedom, budget-friendliness, and the ability to do it on your own schedule! However, while plenty of electric jobs are DIY-able (we even post about some here), there are sometimes when it’s just better …

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Where Do You Recycle Fluorescent Light Bulbs?

While a burnt out incandescent light bulb can simply be thrown away, this is not the proper way to get rid of a burnt-out compact fluorescent lamp (CFL). It may not seem like a big deal, but it’s more of a hazard than one might realize due to their mercury levels. In fact, most commercial-grade fluorescent lights go out at …

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What Causes Lightbulbs to Burn Out?

In a perfect world, lightbulbs would never burn out…but sadly our world isn’t perfect. While not as popular as they once were, incandescent bulbs have a lifespan of around 900 hours. Based on a usage of eight hours a day, a bulb should last roughly about four months. Compact fluorescent bulbs are supposed to last much longer, but this is …

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National Electric Codes for Outdoor Wiring

With warm weather rounding the corner, we’re preparing to be outside as much as we can after the snow, wind, and rain. And despite soaking up the sun, there’ll also be electricity running outdoors as well. The National Electrical Code (NEC) has just as many requirements for outdoor circuits and equipment as they do for what’s indoors. The major safety …