When you get to the heart of your home's electrical system and discover how many wires, devices, and boxes are used in your home, it's simply shocking. There are many hundreds of feet of electrical wiring, not to mention the vast number of switches, outlets, and appliances connected to them. Learn what each component is and how easy it is to do some electrical projects yourself.
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Once the electrical wiring leaves your electrical panel via circuit breakers or fuses, it flows to lighting via switches. They control the lighting, turning it either on or off and even dimming it. It can be from one or many locations. these articles will guide you through installations, choosing the right fixtures and light bulbs, and choosing the right switch for the job:
- Types of Switches in Your Home
- What Are Three-way Switches?
- What Are Four-way Switches?
- Do Your Switches Make the Grade?
- Warning Signs of a Defective Switch
- What Do The Markings on a Switch Mean?
- What Is A Motion Detector Switch?
- What Height Do I Install Switches?
- Why Are My Switches Making Buzzing Sounds?
- What is a Rotary Dimmer Switch?
- Switches 101...An E-Course For Beginners
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Outlets and Receptacles in Your Home
If light switches weren't enough to leave you bedazzled, you're in for another shocking discovery, outlets. Outlets, also known as receptacles, are strung across your home in many areas. They are an attachment point for many appliances like vacuums, toasters, blenders, crock pots, coffee pots, pizza ovens, washers, dryers, electric ranges, and the list goes on and on. These appliances are plugged in via a cord plug of some sort. Each kind of outlet is designed for certain uses and voltages:
- Polarized Receptacles…What Are They?
- Cheap Outlets and/or Receptacles...What's the Difference?
- Disadvantages of Two-slot Receptacles
- What is a Split Outlet?
- Receptacle Wire Connections
- Common Receptacle Troubles
- Outdoor Lighting and Receptacle Codes
- Isolated-ground Receptacles
- Hidden Dangers Of Cracked Outlets
- Testing Receptacles For Grounding
- Should I Install a GFCI Receptacle or a GFCI Breaker?
- How To Straighten Crooked Receptacles
- 3-Wire and 4-Wire Dryer Receptacles
- Why Not to Use Push-in Terminals on Receptacles
- Stop Drafts Around Outlets
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Appliance Connection Projects
Whether you are installing a new appliance or just repairing an aging one, there are plenty of easy to use articles here to get your appliances working in tip-top shape:
- 3-Wire and 4-Wire Dryer Receptacle Connections
- How To Install an Over-The-Range Microwave Oven
- Wiring Typical Laundry Circuits
- Why Your Oven Won't Heat Up
- Wire a 4-Prong Dryer Outlet
- Change Gas Oven Ignitors
- How to Change a Bake Element in an Electric Oven
- How To Install a Dryer Cord
- How to Install Dishwashers
- How To Install an Ice Maker
- How To Convert Electric Clothes Dryer Cords From 4-Prong To 3-Prong
- How to Wire Electric Range Receptacles
- How to Connect a Range Cord
- Design a Kitchen Electrical Wiring Plan
- Electrical Circuits Needed When Remodeling A Kitchen
- How to Connect a Garbage Disposal
- Electric Water Heater Problems Diagnosed
- Electric Water Heater Element Problems