We’re used to seeing electrical outlets along the walls, down near the floor. In kitchens and bathrooms you also find outlets on the walls just above the counter tops. But with open floor plans there are fewer walls. And kitchen islands are gaining popular, providing lots of extra work space but no extra wall space. So … Read More
House Wiring & Plumbing Pipes
You don't see them but inside the walls are house wiring and plumbing pipes. We take them for granted until something goes wrong. You have a leak and need to shut off the water or there's a funny noise when you turn on a light.
Electrical Tips for Every Homeowner
We've got electrical safety tips to protect your home. We're looking for an electrician to help explain more concepts and terminology. Regardless of what you can learn online, every homeowner should have a book on house wiring (I have both of them):
Plumbing Pipes Carry the Water Where?
Plumbers and electricians must be licensed in most states so my handyman technicians only did work "outside" the walls. That's because it's not easy for anyone to stay on top of current building codes. But what do you do when you realize the bathroom floor has a large puddle? You figure out where the water's coming from and try to fix it first. Here are the books I use for plumbing DIY projects, and sometimes all the advice I can give is how to wait for the plumber (real story).
For any electrical or plumbing projects, one of the most important things is buying supplies. You'll reduce the number of trips to the store if you bring along the parts you need to replace (read: How to Buy Supply Lines for Plumbing Repairs).
It seems like we’re adding a new gadget to our homes every few months (these wires represent half of those around my desk), and most of them will contribute to a higher electric bill. You might never think about that when you buy an Amazon Echo or a garage door opener. And you probably don’t realize how your … Read More
Home repairs are hard enough, even with all the how to videos online today. These videos often overlook how to buy the right materials for the repairs they’re illustrating. So it’s not surprising when I talk to women shopping solo at Home Depot or Lowe’s, they aren’t sure about what they need to buy (supply lines … Read More
Did you stop and wonder what this article is about, powering your home with a car? You’ve been reading about generating power with solar panels, windmills and now your car? The answer is yes, you will one day be able to power your home with a car but you can’t buy the car today. The concept … Read More
Have you thought about getting a tankless water heater? Many home renovation projects consider installing because they’re working on plumbing, and sometimes because it frees up needed space. A tankless water heater provides hot water non-stop too, large families don’t run out of water before everyone has had their morning shower. But is all the hype … Read More
The frigid weather continues so more homeowners are looking for ways to avoid frozen water pipes. Or maybe you’ve just finished cleaning up the water from a burst pipe and you’re waiting for the plumber to get there (here are tips on what to do while waiting for the plumber). Regardless of the circumstance, dealing … Read More
Parts of the country are used to frozen or burst water pipes, like folks who live in Minnesota. In New Hampshire where I live, we only get severe freezing temperatures every few years. When this happens, plumbers work 10, 12 or more hours a day and they still can’t help everyone fast enough so please … Read More
Buying a hot water heater should be easy, right? But it’s not, buying a hot water heater can get really complicated. So the first question is when should you buy a new hot water heater? That depends on how old your current hot water heater is and hopefully you know the answer. Hot water heaters … Read More
With the focus these days is on renewable clean energy, a solar hot water heater system might be worth considering, especially since the sun certainly qualifies as renewable and clean! The trick is to know how they work, how well they work, the types available, how much they cost, along with your home variables such … Read More
The third largest energy user in your home, after heating and cooling, is your home’s hot water heater system. According to the U.S. Department of Energy between 15- 25% of each energy dollar a homeowner spends goes to heat water. It makes sense when you consider that the average family uses between 350-400 gallons of … Read More