Electrical Planning

Prepare for your next electrical project by discovering our planning ideas & tips.

S22 E13: Heath Eastman teaches Kevin O'Connor about labeling a circuit breaker panel

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How to Label a Circuit Breaker

Master electrician Heath Eastman shows host Kevin O’Connor how to identify breakers using his favorite tools and techniques, and some helpful tips for labeling the individual circuits.
S22 E9; Heath Eastman discusses backup generators

Simple Guide for Selecting a Home Generator

Master electrician Heath Eastman teaches host Kevin O’Connor everything he needs to know about choosing a generator for a home.
Using a portable power station to power a fridge in a blackout.

All About Portable Power Stations

This new alternative to gas generators makes it push-button easy to get the lights back on when the power goes out.

Everything to Know About GFCI Receptacles

Master electrician Heath Eastman teaches host Kevin O’Connor everything he needs to know about ground fault circuit interrupters.

Powering the Essentials | 2019 Idea House

The TOH 2019 Idea House is a whole lot of house, clocking in at 5,450 square feet of living space. In the event of a power outage, it would be cost-prohibitive to generate power throughout the home.

Whole House Surge Protectors: How Effective Are They?

Don’t count on power strips to safeguard your home and fragile electronics. Read on to learn about the cost-saving alternative of installing a home surge protector.

Inside Your Home’s Electrical Service Panel

Get essential knowledge about your home’s power distribution center.

How to Install a Dimmer Switch

Installing a dimmer switch is one of the easiest DIY electrical projects you can do. Read these steps on how to install one in your home.

How to Prep Framing Studs for Hinges, Valves and Fixtures | Generation NEXT

Jeff Sweenor shows apprentice Kevin Barker the extra steps he takes to clearly label locations of hinges, valves, fixtures, and studs for his subcontractors

How to Block Behind Walls | Generation NEXT


Best Uses for an Electric Tankless Water Heater

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey discusses which houses are the best fit for an electric tankless water heater

The Importance of Surge Protection

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron demonstrates how surge protection safeguards a home’s appliances and electronics.

How to Choose a USB Outlet

Electrician Scott Caron walks through the best options when it comes to USB wall outlets in your home

From the Ground Up: Electrical Wiring

Setting up an electrical system for maximum safety and convenience

Backup Power

When the electricity goes out, standby generators keep the household running

How to Find and Hire an Electrician

Here’s what to look for to find a qualified home electrician familiar with the type of work you want done.

Future-proof Wiring

Feeding your home's ever-growing need for information-carrying capacity