Is it Safe to Cut the Ground Prong?

A short-term solution could cost you more than you think From time to time, we all ask ourselves biggie questions: Why are we here? Is there life on other planets? Which came first—the chicken or the egg? And why the heck do some, but not all, of my electrical cords have three prongs instead of just two?  OK, OK… maybe …

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How to Choose a Generator for Your Home

Losing power in your home is no joke. Sometimes it’s not that serious—just a few hours of your kids complaining about a lack of wifi and Netflix. But other times? It’s super serious: spoiled food, a flooded basement, or no heat or air conditioning.  Whether you’re looking to avoid a minor inconvenience or a major disaster—of if you just want …

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What You Need to Know About Your Circuit Breaker

It’s April-showers-brings-May-flowers time again, and if you’re anything like us, rainy days slooooow you down a bit. When it’s drizzly, maybe you turn on the TV, get your electric blanket ready, start a pot of coffee… … and then *click*. Everything stops working. It’s probably the circuit breaker. What is a circuit breaker? A circuit breaker is a built-in safety …

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How to Determine if a GFCI Outlet is Defective

As with most of our modern conveniences, we rarely think about our electrical outlets. In fact, they generally come to mind under only two circumstances:  When our paint roller slips and our partner “sweetly” reminds us we should’ve taped over the outlets like they told us to. When we try to turn on our hair dryer, shop vac, or blender …

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Electrical Troubleshooting Guide

1. Do I Need an Electrician?2. Knob & Tube Wiring3. Signs of Faulty Switches and Outlets 4. Warning Signs of Faulty Wiring 5. Smoke Detectors 6. Carbon Monoxide Detectors 7. Electrical Problems – Flickering Lights8. Which Switch Is Which? Do I Need an Electrician? Many of us love do it yourself (DIY) projects. We can save some money and we …