Expert Advice on Improving Your Home

Power Hungry

Greetings from the Stone Ages! Well, not really, but things around my house have certainly taken a step backwards this last couple of weeks! Thanks to a frayed power line outside, my house experienced something called a “missing neutral,” which led to lots of smoke, sizzles, and chargrilled appliances. Read on to find out more.
Danny Lipford with digital TV.

Digital TV Converter Box

At midnight on February 17, 2009, analog television signals stopped broadcasting over the airwaves in the U.S. and digital signals took their place. Read on to find out about digital converter boxes for analog TVs.

Light Bulb Buying Guide: Understanding Incandescent, Fluorescent, CFL, LED & Halogen Lighting

Lighting inside a room directly impacts you. It sets the mood, creates productivity and calms you down at the end of the day. However, picking the right light can be overwhelming. Bulbs are...
Mighty Light LED Night-Light.

Mighty Light LED Night-Light Product Review

Watch as we put the Mighty Light motion activated, battery powered, LED night-light to the test to see if it works as well as advertised. Watch this video to find out more.
Attaching color coded phone lines to telephone jack.

Replacing a Phone Jack

Sylvia asks, "Is it hard to replace a telephone jack? Does the electricity need to be turned off first?"

To replace a phone jack, transfer the color coded wires from the old jack to the matching terminals on the new one. Telephone lines carry a small electrical current, but it’s usually not enough to cause a serious shock.
tubular skylights

Advantages of Tubular Skylights in Your Home

Tubular skylights are a great way to provide natural light in dark rooms, closets, and hallways. The interior of the tube contains a highly reflective surface, so sunlight is reflected into the room throughout the day. Tubular skylights are easier to install than traditional skylights and provide light during the day without using any electricity.
Danny Lipford by portable generator

Inverter and Conventional Portable Generators

There are two basic types of portable generators: conventional and inverter. Conventional generators use a mechanical alternator to produce AC power while inverter generators produce DC power and convert it to AC power. Watch this video to find out more.
man on ladder installing motion detector flood lights

How to Make Your Yard More Safe and Secure

Proper lighting can improve the safety and security of your yard.To increase security, install motion detectors on flood lights. Lighting for steps and walks includes carriage lights and low voltage landscape lighting. Watch this video to find out more.

Smart Wi-Fi Plug: Sync Your Outdoors to Your Smart Home

The Defiant Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled outdoor smart plug gives you the same wireless control you have with indoor smart devices.