KITCHENS

Kitchen Outlet Extenders

Dear Mr. Electrician:  How do I extend my kitchen counter back splash electrical outlets from the wall a little?  I will be remodeling the...

Kitchen Cabinet Lighting Installed

Dear Mr. Electrician:  I am remodeling my kitchen and want to wire some under cabinet lighting.  How do I install and wire kitchen under...

Microwave Oven Over Stove

MICROWAVE OVEN OVER STOVE Dear Mr. Electrician: How do I install an electrical outlet for a microwave oven over the stove?  I would like to...

GROUNDING AND BONDING

Home Lightning Protection

HOW DO I SET UP A HOME LIGHTNING PROTECTION SYSTEM? A home lightning protection system consists of several components.  Good earth grounding through ground rods...

Best Surge Protector Installation

Dear Mr. Electrician:  What is the best surge protector that will protect my computer from lightning and how do I install it? Answer: Methods to...

Lightning Protection For TV and Telephone

Dear Mr. Electrician: Can I prevent lightning strikes from doing damage to my house by grounding?  My neighbor was blown out of her chair...

SWITCHES AND SWITCH BOXES

Adding Bathroom Fan Switch

Dear Mr. Electrician:  How do I add a switch to my existing bathroom light switch to control my bathroom fan separately? Answer:  Depending on how...

Convert Switched Outlet To Hot

Dear Mr. Electrician:  How do I convert a switched outlet to an outlet that is always hot. Answer:  It is usually a few simple wiring...

Change 1 Gang Switch to 2 Gang

Dear Mr. Electrician:  How do I change a one gang light switch to a two gang?  The existing wall switch controls an outlet.  I...

SAFETY

Using Cheap Foreign Labor to Work on Your Home

Dear Mr. Electrician: Should I use a worker from a foreign land to install electrical wiring in my home?  I received several estimates from...

Naughty Code and Safety Violations

Dear Mr. Electrician:  The home inspector said my house has a lot of electrical code violations.  How can I identify the problems and make...

Be Safe When Working Around Your Home

Dear Mr. Electrician:  How safe is it for us to do construction work in our own home?  My wife and I recently purchased our...