Leviton Bluetooth Digital Switch and Timer

By Jim Nadeau

Leviton DDS15-BDZ Decora Digital Switch and Timer I remember the first time I tried to program a timer switch and what a struggle it was. The timer switch was a wall dial timer and you set it like you were opening up a safe. Three turns to the left, two the right, and the last one…

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Southwire 9″ Side Cutting Pliers

By Jim Nadeau

Southwire 9″ Hi-Leverage Side Cutting Pliers Review I’ve been using the same brand of pliers for over 15 years now.  When I switched over to the Southwire 9″ Side Cutting Pliers it reminded of back then.  Going into my senior year of high school I was working two jobs.  One at the local hardware store…

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Replacing an Outdoor Light Fixture

By Jeff Williams

Replacing an Outdoor Light Fixture A few months ago, my family and I move into a new house. Well, a new to us house but pretty new as well. It was built in 2010-11 so it has all modern wiring, plumbing, and ventilation. Our last house was a complete fixer-upper but now that we have…

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Smoke Detectors

By Jim Nadeau

An Electricians Advice On Smoke Detectors Are your smoke detectors chirping all the time or just going off on random times?  If you have hard wired 120volt with battery back up smoke detectors here are a few things you can do. Real or False alarm? I always remember a service call I got of a customers Smoke/CO detector…

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Troubleshooting A Dead Outlet

By Jim Nadeau

Outlet Not Working? Check For A Tripped GFCI Outlet I once had a customer who went two years without a shower light because they didn’t realize the shower light was controlled by a GFCI Outlet that was tripped.  Before the customer could finish explaining the issue I reset the tripped GFCI Outlet, and the lights were back up…

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DeWalt DCL050 LED Area Light

By Jim Nadeau

DeWalt DCL050 Area LED Light Review As an Electrician I can’t tell you how many times I’ve worked with a small inefficient flashlight.  The power is off and I can’t plug in my work light anywhere.  I can’t say enough good things about the DeWalt DCL050 area light.  Simply a bright, small and lightweight area…

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Milwaukee NM Combination Pliers

By Jim Nadeau

Milwaukee NM Combination Pliers Time saver is the first thought I had when I saw Milwaukee NM Combination Pliers. With this tool you can quickly strip the sheathing off a romex cable and then with the same tool strip the individual wires. The first time I used Milwaukee NM Combination Pliers I was roughing in the…

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Southwire Conduit Bender MCB34

By Jim Nadeau

Southwire Conduit Bender MCB34 Review I still remember my first Electrical job, I was 14 years old and I watched in awe as my boss bent a piece of 1/2” rigid conduit without a tape measure.  We were running conduit in a trench that was far to narrow, with way to many bends.  It was…

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