Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
Starting a portable generator

How to Use a Portable Generator Safely

Portable generators are a great way to provide power during outages, but there are some important safety considerations, including carbon monoxide poisoning and electrical overloads that can damage appliances.
installing recessed lighting

How to Install Recessed Lighting in an Existing Ceiling

When installing recessed lighting in an existing ceiling, a hole should be cut in the ceiling that exactly fits the profile of a special remodeling in order to keep from damaging the surrounding drywall.
Danny Lipford installing a Chandelier.

How to Install a Chandelier and Dimmer Switch

Installing a ceiling medallion and chandelier is a great way to improve the look of a room, and adding a dimmer switch makes it easy to control the level of light. Watch this video to find out how.

Roughing in Wiring in Walls

Before the drywall can be installed, all the plumbing and wiring in the walls must be run. Everything from electrical and phone lines to cable and speaker wires need to be roughed in and routed to the proper locations.
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.
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.
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.
Installing a motion sensor outdoor security light.

How to Install an Outdoor Security Light

Watch this video to find out how to replace your existing lights with ones that contains motion sensors to enhance security and provide needed illumination automatically.

Power Where You Need It

More and more tools these days are cordless, but from time to time you still need to plug a tool in. That usually leads to an extension cord strung across the garage or workshop floor which in turn leads to someone inevitably tripping over it.