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Get current on the aspects of home electricity, with how to's from planning to installation and beyond.

S21 E7, Heath Eastman discusses holiday light safety with Kevin O’Connor
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7 Electrical Safety Tips for Holiday Lights

Master electrician Heath Eastman shows host Kevin O’Connor what he needs to know about holiday light safety.

S21 E5, Heath Eastman discusses GFCI receptacles with Kevin O’Connor
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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.

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How Electrical Circuit Breakers and GFCIs Protect a Home

Master electrician Scott Caron shares tips for preventing shocks and electrocution

The 10 Best Solar Generators (2022 Review)

A solar generator gives you backup energy from the sun if you’re out camping or if you’re experiencing a power outage. We’ve reviewed the top solar generators here.

S21 E3, Heath Eastman replaces a doorbell
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How to Replace a Doorbell

Master electrician Heath Eastman helps a homeowner solve an old problem: locating and replacing doorbell components and wiring.

S21 E2, Heath Eastman explains EV chargers to Kevin O’Connor
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Electrical Vehicle Chargers Explained

Master electrician Heath Eastman teaches This Old House host Kevin O’Connor everything he (or anyone else) needs to know about choosing an electric vehicle charger for their home.

The 4 Best Portable Power Stations (2022 Review)

A portable power station can be a lifesaver in the event of a power outage at home or if you’re on an off-the-grid trip. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the four best portable power stations on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

S20 E37, Heath Eastman discusses the dos and don’ts of drilling into studs for electrical wiring
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Tool Lab | Drilling Into Studs for Electrical Wiring

Master electrician Heath Eastman explains how pros drill through studs for running wires through wood-framed walls.

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How to Install Rough Electricity in New Construction

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner wire her new basement that she’s in the process of turning into finished space

S20 E36, Heath Eastman installs a kitchen island receptacle
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How to Install an Electrical Receptacle on a Kitchen Island

Master electrician Heath Eastman solves a problem for a homeowner by adding an outlet to her new kitchen island.

S20 E1, Heath Eastman on two-prong outlets
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Changing a Two-Prong Outlet to Three

Learn how to replace a two-prong outlet without the expense of rewiring.

S20 E35, Heath Eastman working on an electrical panel
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How Heath Eastman Became an Electrician

This Old House Master Electrician Heath Eastman explains how chance brought him to the electrical trade and the This Old House crew.

What is a Junction Box & How to Install One 

Take an inventory of your home’s electrical system, and you’ll find cables, outlets, switches, circuit breakers, and boxes. An electrical box provides a code-approved place to house cable connections, whether for outlets, switches, or splices. Read on to learn more about junction boxes and how to install one.

S20 E32, Heath Eastman in the Tool Lab discussing basic electrical tools
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Tool Lab | Basic Electrical Tools

Master electrician Heath Eastman walks us through his favorite electrical hand tools that all DIYers should own.

S20 E25, Heath Eastman discusses LED lighting
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LED Light Bulbs 101

Master electrician Heath Eastman enlightens host Kevin O’Connor on everything he needs to know about LED bulbs.

S20 E23, Kevin O’Connor learns about smart electrical panels from Heath Eastman and Ross Trethewey
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Understanding Smart Electrical Panels

Home technology expert Ross Trethewey and master electrician Heath Eastman teach host Kevin O’Connor about this new wave of electrical technology.

Ben Giles shows Kevin O’Connor a smart electrical panel at the Narragansett Idea House
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TOH Know-How: A Smarter Panel for Easier Electrical Installation

At the TOH 2018 Idea House, electrician Ben Giles shows Kevin O’Connor the innovative and intuitive new load center from Leviton

S20 E5, Heath Eastman installs recessed lights
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How to Install Recessed Lighting

Do you have a room that can benefit from recessed lighting? Brighten up your home by installing this simple fixture that can make a huge difference. Watch this DIY Smarts project, as This Old House master electrician Heath Eastman installs recessed lights in a homeowner’s playroom.

S20 E18, Heath Eastman explains switch legs to Kevin O’Connor
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Understanding Switch Leg Wiring

Master electrician Heath Eastman explains a common issue he finds in many folks’ homes—switch leg wiring—and explains how to fix it.

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How to Install an Antique Light Switch

Ask This Old House master electrician Heath Eastman replaces a standard toggle switch with a reproduction antique push button switch to match the rest of the house

S20 E14, Heath Eastman
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Why Heath Loves Electrical Finish Work

Master electrician Heath Eastman explains which phase of an electrical project he loves the most.

S20 E9, Heath Eastman discusses voltage testers with Kevin O’Connor
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How To Use an Electric Voltage Tester

Host Kevin O’Connor and master electrician Heath Eastman discuss the different uses for voltage testers and test some of Heath’s favorite models.

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How to Install an AFCI Circuit Breaker

Ask This Old House master electrician, Heath Eastman, wraps up an electrical project he started over a year ago by replacing the circuit breaker at his panel with one that is up to code.

S20 E8, Heath Eastman wires a shed
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How to Wire a Shed for Electricity

Master electrician Heath Eastman helps Mason Mark McCullough wire his chicken barn for lights and power.

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How to Run Electricity to a Shed

Electrician Scott Caron shows us how he powers an outbuilding—which takes wiring knowledge as well as lots of digging.

S20 E5, Heath Eastman discusses electrical tools with Kevin O’Connor
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Top 7 Tools for Electrical Projects

Master electrician Heath Eastman shows host Kevin O’Connor the tools he uses the most during day-to-day electrical work.

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How to Do Electrical Projects with Two Tools

Scott Caron, master electrician for Ask This Old House, explains how two tools are all it takes to do many electrical projects

How to Strip Wire

As a DIYer, you know there are plenty of tasks around the house that are too small to justify calling in the pros. Stripping wire may fall into this category. Read on to learn simple and safe ways for stripping electrical wires in your home.

The 5 Best Solar Panels (2022 Review)

Installing solar panels can reduce your environmental impact and save you money on your utility bill. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best solar panels on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

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How to Install Outdoor Landscape Lighting

Heath Eastman demonstrates how to install landscape lighting along a garden path. Adding landscape lighting to a walkway or path can improve the look and experience of the area.

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How to Replace a Lamppost

Master electrician, Heath Eastman helps a homeowner replace his front lamppost with some hilarious code violations with a new post.

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What’s New with EV Chargers

Ask This Old House master electrician, Heath Eastman, and home technology expert, Ross Trethewey, discuss the progression of electric vehicle chargers and the role they imagine EV chargers will play in homes in the future.