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Tip shows a way to secure electrical outlet boxes to basement lally columns without drilling holes.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #61 Oct 1997 pg. 32
Added Info AMERICAN WOODWORKER #65 Apr 1998 pg. 12

Tip on improving the bass on a stereo system by rewiring the AC wall outlets to use the screw connectors instead of plug-in connection.
AUDIO AMATEUR 4/1989 [Oct 1989] (v.20#4) pg. 50

Tip: Make insulators for wall outlets from plastic-foam egg carton tops.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jan 1981 (v.59#1) pg. 118

How to make foam rubber gaskets to help insulate light switches and plug outlets.
BOYS' LIFE Oct 1980 (v.70#10) pg. 77

Test of two brands of templates that are guides for cutting out holes for electric outlets, switches, etc. Brands examined are (1) Construction Templates, Inc., and (2) Panel Saver.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #173 Jun 1976 (v.26#5) pg. 20

How to stop drafts from around electrical outlets by plugging holes around wiring, installing foam gaskets behind outlet covers, and by using flat-back plastic plugs in unused outlets.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #206 Feb 1980 (v.30#2) pg. 92

Tip: Use pointed bolts to precisely locate cutouts in paneling or wallboard for switch or receptical boxes.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #220 Jul-Aug 1981 (v.31#6) pg. 108

How to run an electric line and hook up a new outlet in about a hour.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #327 Apr 1992 (v.42#4) pg. 39

How to install an outdoor electrical outlet.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #330 Jul-Aug 1992 (v.42#7) pg. 50

Wiring a duplex outlet so that one outlet is controlled by a wall switch and the other isn't.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #346 Mar 1994 (v.44#3) pg. 6
Correction FAMILY HANDYMAN #347 Apr 1994 (v.44#4) pg. 10

Installing switched electrical outlets.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #356 Mar 1995 (v.45#3) pg. 72

Troubleshooting electrical outlets to make sure they are safe.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #363 Nov 1995 (v.45#10) pg. 64

How to add an electrical outlet inside a bay (cavity between two studs) that already has an outlet or light switch.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #370 Jul-Aug 1996 (v.46#7) pg. 63

Guidelines for placement of electrical outlets in a home.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #371 Sep 1996 (v.46#8) pg. 11

Troubleshooting electrical outlets. How to correct an electrical box that is set too deeply in a wall or anchor one that is loose.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #378 May 1997 (v.47#5) pg. 72

How to detect and correct electrical receptacles wired backward.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #380 Jul-Aug 1997 (v.47#7) pg. 68

Electrical safety for wood paneling. How to extend an electrical box that's set too deep into the wall by installing a metal box extender.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #388 May 1998 (v.48#5) pg. 64

Electrical box basics. (1) Metal remodeling box. (2) Standard plastic box.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #391 Sep 1998 (v.48#8) pg. 91

Installing in-the-floor electrical outlets.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #401 Sep 1999 (v.49#8) pg. 69

Electrical outlet boxes. How to choose and install this basic part of your electrical system.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #8 Apr-May 1982 pg. 44

Tip: Use plastic-foam egg cartons to make gaskets for electrical switch boxes.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #12 Dec 1982-Jan 1983 pg. 12

Tip: Cut plastic vapor barrier materials so that they wrap inside the electrical outlet boxes.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #12 Dec 1982-Jan 1983 pg. 12

Tip: Grind down plastic and fiberglass outlet boxes so they are flush with drywall.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #30 Dec 1985-Jan 1986 pg. 10

Tip on installing an outlet box in a tight location by using a C-clamp to install the nails which hold the box to the stud.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #68 Jun-Jul 1991 pg. 28

Tip on using expanding insulating foam to adhere replacement switch and outlet boxes during remodeling.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #81 Apr-May 1993 pg. 28

Tips on selecting the correct electrical-outlet box.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #92 Dec 1994-Jan 1995 pg. 120
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #96 Jun-Jul 1995 pg. 4

Difference between standard (residential) grade and specification grade electrical receptacles.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #98 Oct-Nov 1995 pg. 132

Changing old two-prong, ungrounded receptacles to three-prong, grounded receptacles safely without having to rewire your house.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #99 Dec 1995-Jan 1996 pg. 14
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #100 Feb-Mar 1996 pg. 10

Installing electrical boxes and receptacles.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #103 Jun-Jul 1996 pg. 58

Wiring electric stoves and electric clothes dryers to conform to the new code that requires a four-slot receptacle to provide both 120 volts and 240 volts.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #125 Aug-Sep 1999 pg. 110

How to install a wall switch to control an electrical outlet.
HOME MECHANIX #751 Dec 1990-Jan 1991 (v.86) pg. 16
Added Info HOME MECHANIX #752 Feb 1991 (v.87) pg. 6

A guide to electrical boxes.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Jan-Feb 1979 (v.4#1) pg. 71

A guide to switches, switch boxes and special purpose electrical boxes.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Mar-Apr 1979 (v.4#2) pg. 73

Tip: How to insulate electrical receptacles on outside walls with fiberglass, plastic and foam tape.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Jul-Aug 1979 (v.4#4) pg. 71

Installing a ceiling fixture box and the necessary wiring to operate it using 3-way switches.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1992 (v.169#2) pg. 57

Home electrical system maintenance tips. (1) Loose service panel lugs. (2) Flickering light fixtures. (3) Defective switches. (4) Defective receptable. (5) Interrupted ground.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1993 (v.170#2) pg. 55

Simple adjustable device allows you to find an existing electrical outlet after you have covered it with new paneling or wallboard.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1973 (v.202#5) pg. 134

Template with sharp points in the corners is placed over an electrical outlet to help locate the postion where paneling should be cut out in order to fit exactly over the receptical.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1974 (v.204#2) pg. 134

Tip shows how to loop wires tightly around screw terminals on outlets and switches.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #818 Sep 1997 (v.93) pg. 28

Three electrical upgrades. (1) Installing a floodlight on the outside wall of your house. (2) Adding outlets in the garage. (3) Upgrading to a GFCI outlet.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #831 Dec 1998-Jan 1999 (v.94) pg. 57

Tip: How to locate electric outlets when installing paneling over existing outlets.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1982 (v.38#6) pg. 17

Differences in electrical outlets explained.
WORKBENCH Jun 1997 (v.53#3) pg. 6