Expert Advice on Improving Your Home

How to Replace a Paddle Ceiling Fan Pull Chain Switch

Brad asks, “How can I fix the pull chain on my ceiling fan that broke off inside the switch?” With most pull chain fan switches, you’ll need to replace the switch, though on some models you may be able to reattach the chain.

How to Run Wires in Existing Walls and Floors

Need a new phone jack in your bedroom or installing speakers for your home theater system? While you could simply string the wires along the floor, it’s best to snake the wires inside walls or under floors. With careful planning, a few special tools, and the right techniques, it can be easier than you may think. Read on to find out how.
Exterior closeup of a kitchen oven

5 Signs Your Oven’s Heating Element is Broken

Before you replace your range, check these signs to make sure you don't need to replace the oven's heating element.
hand turning dimmer switch

How to Fix a Buzzing or Humming Dimmer Switch

You can usually solve a noisy dimmer switch by replacing the bulbs or the dimmer switch itself. Read on to find out more.
Installing a programmable timer switch in a wall electrical box

How to Install a Programmable Timer Switch

Replacing a wall switch with a programmable timer switch can increase a standard light switch's function. Here are some of the benefits of a timer switch — and a step-by-step guide to installation!
Disconnecting phone line from inside phone box

How to Fix a Hum in a Phone Line

Jim asks, "I have a loud hum in our telephone line. The phone company says it’s inside the house. How can I find the cause of the problem?"

There are a number of things that can cause humming or static in a phone line. Read more to find out how to isolate and repair the problem.
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.
Disconnecting phone line from inside phone box

How to Install a Phone Jack

Adding a new phone jack to your house is not that difficult, but there are a few safety precautions that should be taken when preforming the work yourself. Read on to find out how to wire and add a phone flush to your house.
Back of phone wall jack.

How to Add a Phone Extension

Robert asks, "Can you run an extension line off an already in use phone jack to a room which may not have one?"

It’s not hard to extend a line from an existing phone jack to a new one in another room. Read more to find out how.