Posts by Tim

Electrical Bill Woes

Tim says: The day starts out great.  You got a good nights sleep, the birds are chirping, and there was bacon for breakfast!  Then the mail comes and you notice an ominous little dark cloud start to form.  The electrical bill has arrived, and when you open it you can distinctly hear Beethoven’s Fifth playing…

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How to Remove a Broken Light Bulb

Dear Home-Ec101, I was changing out a light bulb in my bathroom, and as I was turning it, the base broke off the bulb and STAYED IN THE SOCKET. Can you please help me? How do I get the rest of the light bulb out without death and/or pain? Also? An unlit bathroom is not…

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Home Electrical Basics: Tools and How to use them

Tim says: Now that we’ve gone over the terms and all important safety (You read that, right?), we can get into the tools we’ll actually use for basic home electrical repairs.  The list is pretty short, and odds are you already have most of the items: –Non-Contact Voltage Detector: This wonderful device does one thing…

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Home Electrical Basics: Terms and Safety

Tim says: Don’t you just hate it when outlets and lights don’t work or sparks fly randomly from an outlet?  Many look on in despair, knowing the call to the local electrician means $80/hr plus scheduling hassles.  I’d like to show you how easily, and more importantly safely, these problems can be fixed.  Before we get into…

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