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

Outlet Installation with a Master Electrician

Look over the shoulder of electrician Heath Eastman as he installs an electrical outlet in our Brookline project house to learn a few tricks of the trade.

Clean Up Your Breaker Box

Pay it forward to your house’s future residents (and your current electrician) by ensuring that your breaker panel’s labels are legible, accurate, and easy to interpret, using…

Power Outage Protection at the TOH 2018 Idea House

When the lights go out, a generator is your first line of defense. Here’s how to choose the right type for your home.

Home Safety: Why You Should Conduct an Electrical Audit

You remember to change the batteries in your smoke/CO detectors. You have guards on your windows. There’s a high-tech security alarm at your door. The safety of your home and its occupants is always top of mind. But when was the last time you thought about the safety of your electrical system? Read on to find out when it may be time to conduct an electrical audit of your home, and how to go about it.

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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

Turn an Outlet into a USB Charger

Adapt your wall socket to a charging station

What You Need to Know About a Career as an Electrician

This post originally appeared at Tradehounds.com

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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 Install a Manual Transfer Switch for a Portable Generator

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron visits Alaska to install a portable generator with a manual transfer switch to power hardwired appliances like a well pump and heating system using unleaded gasoline

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How to Choose Wire Nuts for Your Projects

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron explains the differences between wire nuts of various sizes and colors.

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How to Diagnose and Repair Three-Way Switch Problems

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron looks at a three-way switch issue and fixes the problem.

23 Things You Didn't Know You Could Fix Yourself

Expand your DIY repertoire and save money by making bathroom, kitchen, and outdoor repairs yourself.

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How to Conceal Electrical Wires with Crown Molding

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron uses crown molding to conceal wiring and bring more electrical outlets to a bedroom

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How to Install Track Lights and Speakers

Scott Caron, master electrician for Ask This Old House, installs LED track lights and LED track lights with Bluetooth speaker technology to brighten up a loft bedroom

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How to Repair a Three-Way Light Switch

Ask This Old House host Kevin O'Connor helps a homeowner fix a faulty three-way switch

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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

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How to Install an Automatic Standby Generator

This Old House host Kevin O'Connor describes how to combat power outages with a standby generator

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How to Select Electrical Testers

Ask This Old House lighting expert Scott Caron gives Kevin a tutorial on electrical testers to make sure you never work on live wires

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How to Install Surge Protection

Electrician Scott Caron installs several types of surge protection

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How to Hang a Flat-Panel TV with Concealed Wiring

Electrician Scott Caron hangs a flat-screen TV on the wall and conceals all the wiring

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How to Run Underground Wiring to a Garage

Electrician Scott Caron shows a homeowner how to bring power to a detached garage

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How to Add Task Lighting to a Kitchen

This Old House host Kevin O'Connor works with an electrician to help a couple add task lighting to their dark kitchen

Prevent Electrical Fires with Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters

Electronic sentinels in your outlets offer protection from electrical fires

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How to Install Recessed Lighting in a Kitchen

Ask This Old House electrician Scott Caron demonstrates how to install recessed light fixtures in a finished ceiling

Dealing With Leaking Stray Voltage

Avoid danger and sky-high electric bills by contacting a pro

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How to Install a Front Entry Intercom

Upgrading to a convenient front-door intercom with This Old House host Kevin O'Connor and electrician Scott Matthews

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How to Install an Outdoor Electrical Outlet

Bringing power to a deck with electrician Keith Diemer

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How Electrical Circuit Breakers and GFCIs Protect a Home

Master electrician Scott Caron shares tips for preventing shocks and electrocution

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How to Connect a 220-Volt Receptacle to a 20-Amp Breaker

Providing an outlet for high-powered tools and appliances with master electrician Allen Gallant

Power-Outage Essentials

Expert picks for what you should have on hand in case the lights go out during stormy weather season

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How to Install a Transfer Switch for a Portable Generator

This Old House host Kevin O'Connor shows how to keep the electricity flowing during power outages

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How to Install Track Lighting With Ease

Master electrician Allen Gallant shows how to install a ceiling-mounted track lighting system. We show you the costs involved and offer a step-by-step process.