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Tag: Electrical Wiring

How to Hide TV Cables

Learn how to hide TV cables with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet. If you have a wall-mounted TV, you know that the trickiest part of installation is hiding those unsightly TV cables. The tangled mess of cables can take away from the aesthetic of your living room. Blain’s Farm & Fleet is here to help you hide TV cables and bring the focus back to your TV. How(…)

How to Strip Electrical Wires

Learn how to strip electrical wires with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Got a rewiring project? Don’t worry–stripping electrical wire is not as intimidating as it may look. It only takes a couple tools and a few simple steps to strip electrical wires. Follow this easy how-to from Blain’s Farm & Fleet. How to Strip Electrical Wires: Before starting any electrical work, make sure to always turn off(…)

Electrical Ground Fault Symptoms

The electrical system in your home is a complicated series of circuits connected by wires and regulated by circuit breakers. Because it’s so complicated, problems in your home electrical system can manifest themselves in a lot of different ways. It all depends on which circuit is faulty, and where the problem is in that circuit. The symptoms of an electrical problem depend on what type of problem it is, as well.(…)

Grounding An Electrical Outlet

If your outlets aren’t properly grounded, you can get hum in your stereo or sound system, flickering lights, and all sorts of other inconvenient quirks in your home electronics. We’ll help you put an end to them by showing you how to test and ground your electrical outlets. How To Ground an Electrical Outlet 1. Use a circuit tester to check the ground on your electrical outlet.  While you’re at(…)

How To Replace a Light Switch

If you have a broken light switch, or even if you just want to replace your old one with a newer one that looks better, you don’t have to call an electrician. We’ll show you how to replace a light switch. These directions can be followed for switches that control multiple lights as well. Just repeat steps 3 through 6 for each switch. How to Replace a Light Switch What you’ll need: (…)

Electrical Outlets: How Much Can I Plug In?

We all do it at some point. There are times when we just have to plug a couple of power strips into a 4-way outlet adapter to make one outlet into enough plug-ins for all of our gadgets. However, most of the time we end up tripping the breaker and finding out that you can only plug so many things into a pair of electrical outlets. At this point, we usually wonder “how many(…)

10 Home Electrical Safety Tips

Electricity may be the greatest discovery mankind has ever made, but it’s also very dangerous. It can electrocute you, your family, or your pets and cause serious injury or death. Electrical problems can even start fires. But there are a few home electrical safety tips that can greatly reduce the chances of any of these things happening. The key to all of these is to pay attention and think before you(…)

Circuit Breaker Panel Mapping

Mapping your circuit breaker panel allows you to turn the power off to only the areas of your house that you’re working on. This comes in handy if you’re doing electrical work that may take a while and your family still needs power to the other rooms. The quickest and easiest way to map your circuit breaker panel is by using a circuit breaker locator. Mapping a Circuit Breaker Panel(…)

What are Bullet Connectors?

Bullet connectors (or “banana plugs”) give you solid and quick electrical connections. Bullet connectors have two parts: a bullet-shaped male end, and a socket-shaped female end. They are usually used in automotive wiring to make simple connections that snap together easily and hold tight. A lot of music lovers and sound system contractors use them to connect speaker wires to speakers. The advantages of bullet connectors are that they allow you to make a solid, reliable connection, but you(…)

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