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Electrical Planning

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

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.

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.

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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

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How to Block Behind Walls | Generation NEXT

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The Importance of Surge Protection

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

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How to Choose a USB Outlet

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

The 5 Best Portable Generators

The This Old House Reviews team evaluated the best portable generators on the market to help you make a smart purchase. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

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

Future-proof Wiring

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

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.