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  • Kitchen and Bath: Upgrading Kitchen Wiring

    Estimating electrical work

  • Plastic Plumbing Comes of Age

    Ten years of problems with polybutylene piping have made contractors wary of using plastic pipe for domestic water supply. That’s a mistake, according to this plumbing contractor, who has plumbed residential water systems successfully for 15 years using cross-linked polyethylene tubing.

  • Q&A: Service Panel Surge Protection

    Q: Does a surge protector installed in the service panel eliminate the need for individual surge protectors throughout the house?

  • Q&A: Push-In Connections on Receptacles

    Q: Many of the receptacles I use have push-in connectors on the back. Does a push-in connection perform as well as the side-mounted screw terminal connection?

  • Q&A: Is Romex Getting Smaller?

    Q: After my electrician finished rough wiring the last house I built, I noticed that the Romex (NM) wire he used seemed to have a thinner profile, and the individual wires seemed smaller in diameter than what I was used to. Is the copper wire (or the insulation) getting smaller, or is it just my...

  • Skylight Options and Accessories

    The difference between one skylight and another is in the details. Here’s an overview of add-ons for roof windows.

  • Q&A: Copper vs. Plastic Plumbing

    Q: I’m currently remodeling a vacation home where the copper plumbing has developed pinhole leaks because of an acid water condition. To save money, my client wants to replace the copper pipes with CPVC plastic, but my plumber says that’s a bad idea. Who’s right?

  • Plug-In Electrical Testers

    Using an inexpensive tester, you can troubleshoot a miswired receptacle without even removing the cover plate.

  • Letters

    Three-coat vs. one-coat stucco, wiring device needs further testing

  • Flashing the Tough Spots

    If you’re still using roll aluminum for all of your flashing, you may be inviting leaks and premature failure. Here’s an overview of the materials, techniques, and details that will make flashing last the life of the structure.