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How to Wire an Electrical Outlet – Important Tips

How To Wire an Electrical Outlet
Important Tips

Do you need to repair, replace, or rewire an electrical outlet? If you own a home you may have to do this wiring a few times. Recently, Jeff from HomeRepairTutor.com was at a party and his friend asked him to do this tutorial. One of her outlets would not hold electrical plugs securely any more. So, Jeff decided to make this video to share some basic outlet wiring tips:
 

What you will see in this video…
 
⋄ Test your outlet with a circuit analyzer or receptacle analyzer before you turn the electricity off at the panel or fuse box. This tool that will tell you how your outlet is wired and if you should be aware of any wiring issues.
 
⋄ Next, you can turn off the power off at the circuit breaker or fuse box. Then, test that the power is off at the outlet by using a non-contact voltage tester. Press the voltage tester against every wire in the electrical box – do not assume that if it is off for one, it is off for all wires in that electrical outlet.
 
⋄ Remove the outlet from the electrical box.
 
⋄ Tip: You’d be surprised how many times the breaker that you thought goes to the electrical outlet you are working on does not actually go to that box (e.g. incorrect schematics at the breaker or fuse box).
 
⋄ For exact, step-by-step details on how to properly wire the electrical outlet, watch the video.
 
Source: YouTube Channel for HomeRepairTutor.com
 

 
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The Best Way to Clean Grout

What’s the best way to clean grout?

 
This is the holy grail of cleaning questions (at least it seems that way to Jeff, LOL).
 
Jeff, from Home Repair Tutor, shares a huge cleaning tip that one of his fans (Ashley Selph) discovered. While being 9 months pregnant, she built the “Grout GrimeBuster 3000″ because it was hard for her to clean the grout.
 
The total cost is around five dollars and it works! You can attach the “Grout GrimeBuster 3000″ to your drill which makes it easy, quick, and efficient.

 
In a prior cleaning experiment, Jeff figured out that 1/4 cup of OxiClean added to 2 cups of warm water was the perfect cleaning solution for grout. You can pour this solution on to your grout and tile, let it sit for 5-15 minutes (or longer depending on the grime), then use the “Group GrimeBuster 3000″ to clean everything.
 
Original Content Source: HomeRepairTutor.com
 

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Home Repair Podcast

What does this new Home Repair Podcast have in common with “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”

 
If you have watched “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”, then you know the person in the hot seat has a Phone-a-Friend Lifeline. That contestant can call a friend that can (hopefully) help the player answer the question.
 
This is what this Home Repair Podcast, from Home Repair tutor is kinda like. If you have a do-it-yourself home improvement question you can call Jeff and he will help you. Sure, he may not know all the answers but he will give it his best shot.
 

 
Each podcast will be approximately 8-12 minutes and will be published each Monday.
 
To celebrate the podcast launch, Jeff is giving away a 12V Ridgid Drill/Driver and Impact Driver combo kit. To enter into the give away here’s what you do:

1. Subscribe to the Home Repair Tutor podcast on iTunes
     https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/home-repair-tutor/id965752980

2. Leave an honest rating and review in iTunes

3. Then leave a comment on the Home Repair Tutor blog telling Jeff about your review and letting him know your iTunes username
     http://www.homerepairtutor.com/home-repair-tutor-podcast

How you can send Jeff your home improvement question:

⋄ Call and leave your question on his voicemail at 412-347-8711
⋄ Visit www.homerepairtutor.com/podcast and leave a message via the SpeakPipe widget.

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How To Do Toilet Repair

Find Out How To Repair A Toilet

 
Do you call a handyman anytime you have a problem with your toilet? That may not always be necessary – Watch this video produced by Home Depot to see how simple it can be to do toilet repair and fix several common problems with your toilet without incurring the cost of hiring a handyman.
 

 
Did you know that if your toilet was installed before 1994, it probably uses 3.5 gallons of water for every flush? Toilets installed after 1994 use significantly less – probably only 1.6 gallons of water per flush. And, if it is “WaterSense” certified, it probably is less than 1.28 gallons. These newer toilets cut down dramatically on your water bills and tend to be less troublesome. You may want to consider replacing that old toilet of yours some day soon.
 
There are many repairs that you can fix by yourself. However, if you still prefer to have a North Dallas Handyman help you with that toilet repair or any other repair, installation, or home remodeling – give us a call at 469-951-5823.
 

 
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Home Repair – Cracked Wall Corners

This video is a “How To” Home Repair video for cracked wall corners

 
Tip: You must be able to identify the weakest points of the wall to repair those cracked wall corners.
 
Working on walls is something that you might have to do when making plumbing or electrical repairs. Get home repair tips for working on those cracked wall corners from this eHow video.
 

 
Source: YouTube eHow At Home Channel
Expert: Joshua Clement
 

 
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Home Repair – How to Replace a Window Screen

Learn the basics of how to replace a window screen from a home repair professional in this DIY home improvement video.

 
Window screens with holes and tears really debase the overall appearance of your home. Repairing (or replacing) your damaged window screens is a very simple, low-cost home repair that you can do.
 

 
To repair:
⋄ Remove the screen from your window and place on hard surface
⋄ Remove the screen from the fram by first removing the spline –
     the spline is the cord that is tucked into the groove the goes around the entire screen frame
⋄ Watch this video
 
Source: eHow.com
Expert: Greg Lim
Bio: Greg Lim is a professional handyman & residential property manager with 15+ years experience as a contractor. Greg has fully renovated at least two houses (video published in 2006).

 
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Home Repair Basics: Repairing Holes in Drywall

Learn the basics of how to fix a hole in drywall or sheetrock from a home repair professional in this DIY home improvement video.

 

 
⋄ Get some self-adhering fiberglass meshed tape
⋄ Cut off a section that is approximately 3 inches larger than the hole and place it over the hole; then square it up.
⋄ Get some joint compound, also referred to as “mud”, and use a spatula or putty knive to skim a coat of it over the hole & tape; then, sand it down after it has dried
⋄ Apply a second coat that is a little wider than the first coat
⋄ Watch the video for the final steps and a better understanding of the process
 
This YouTube Video was produced by Greg Lim for ExpertVillage.com (which is now redirected to eHow.com). Greg is a professional handyman and residential property manager. In the seven years hes been a contractor, he has fully renovated two houses. You can find this and many other videos produced by Greg on eHow.com

 
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DIY Home Repair – Common Stucco Problems

Home repair – Common DIY stucco problems

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How to repair nasty looking stucco around the window. There are quite a few incorrect textures here and this home repair video shows you how to fix it all to make it look nice and, most importantly, consistent. Do you know what a “screed” is?
 

 
YouTube Video produced by Kirk Giordano Plastering Inc.
 

 
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Drywall Repair – Damage from Water Heater Leak

A water heater leak can cause a good deal of damage, requiring some drywall repair

How much damage can a small water leak can do to the house framing and drywall? Mold, mildew and even fungus will affect areas that have been exposed to water leaks for a long period of time.
 

 
This video will also show you what these damaged areas look like, “under the hood”. Another tip – considering looking under your sink for water damage periodically. If you catch it before it gets too bad, you may save yourself a lot of money.
 
YouTube Video published by: homerepair.gregvan.com
 
Looking for a good Drywall Repair specialist in North Dallas, TX?
 

 
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Mobile Home Ceiling Repair

See a mobile home ceiling repair from start to finish

Rotted, decaying wood. Sags and leaks. This video is about what Drew’s Roofing and Home Repair technicians found when they were called to do a celing repair for a mobile home and what had to be done to fix it. They had to remove the decaying and rotted wood; add jack poles to support it – a 2×4 from floor to ceiling; and replaced the old, decayed and rotted wood with new wood. But there was still a sag which was unacceptable. See the video to see how they handled that problem and view the project from start to finish:
 

 
Drew’s Roofing and Home Repair services the Southport, North Carolina and surrounding area. You can visit their website at http://www.drewsroofingandhomerepair.com
 
Don’t live in North Carolina? Do you live in North Dallas? Nordhoff Roofing
 

 
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