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How to Install an Electrical Junction Box

An electrical junction box is a safety box used to cover wires that have been joined in a single electrical

How Much Current Can a D Battery Supply?

A battery is a device that generates electrical energy.

Hot Tub Electrical Requirements

You must adhere to state and national requirements for wiring a hot tub.

How to Design an Electrical Panel Board

There are myriad considerations when planning a circuit breaker box.

8 Advantages of a Dual DC Power Supply

Some benefits of dual DC power are consistent power and component safety.

Alternative Ways to Charge AAA Batteries

The most common way to charge your lifeless AAA batteries is to purchase an AAA battery charger.

How Long Should You Charge AA Batteries?

Users of battery-operated devices are increasingly opting for rechargeable AA batteries for obvious reasons.

What Happens if You Swallow AAA Batteries?

AAA batteries are just small enough for children, and for some adventurous adults, to swallow.

Consequences of Charging a Non-Rechargeable Battery

You should never attempt to charge a battery unless you are absolutely certain that it is a rechargeable battery.

Calculating a Circuit Breaker Load

A circuit breaker can easily break down and cause a number of problems if the electrical system gets

How to Install a Portable Generator Transfer Switch

A portable generator allows you to have power during outages.

What makes Battery Voltage Drop?

Knowing what the possible causes are can help you to fix the problem both quickly and effectively.

NiCd Battery: Advantages and Disadvantages

The nickel-cadmium battery uses nickel oxide hydroxide and metallic cadmium as electrodes.

Figuring Out Why Your Battery Won't Charge

Some battery issues are preventable.

How to Ground a Portable Generator

Everyone knows just how bad it can be if you lose your power for one reason or another, and a portable

What to Do When AAA Batteries Leak

AAA batteries are used for everything from remote controls to cameras.

Troubleshoot a Broken Battery Charger

If your battery will not take a charge, it may be because your charger is not working. When you have

How to Replace an Electrical Breaker Panel

You don't need to hire a professional electrician to replace your breaker box panel. All you need to do is follow these simple steps.

6 Types of Electrical Conduits

An electrical conduit is a piping system that is used to carry electrical wiring for either power or communication.

Troubleshooting 3 Common GFCI Outlet Problems

If you're noticing your GFCI outlet tripping more frequently, it could be one of three common problems. Check it out to avoid further problems.

Make a 12V Battery Pack With AA Batteries

Be prepared with your own DIY 12V battery pack.

How to Test a Battery Charger

Find out quickly whether or not your battery charger is working.

How to Run LED Lights From a 12v Battery

It doesn't take much to run LED lights. Try wiring a 12 volt battery to it instead.

How to Reduce the Noise of a Portable Generator

A portable generator is a useful device to have, but is the noise worth the convenience?

How to Find, Use, and Dispose of Rechargable AA Batteries

Save yourself some money by using rechargeable AA's in your home electronics.

How to Properly Use a Terminal Block

Learn more about what kind of terminal block you might want and how to set it up.

Alkaline Batteries: Advantages and Disadvantages

You may use alkaline batteries all the time, but how much do you know about their pros and cons?

5 Different Types of Solenoid Valves Explained

What kind of solenoid valve do you need?

4 Steps to Revive a Dead Rechargeable Battery

Dead rechargeable batteries can live a second life if you know what to do.

4 Common Solenoid Valve Problems

Learn about the most common things that can go wrong with solenoid valves.

Why Would Cold Temperatures Kill a Battery?

The cold months could mean problems starting your car. But why? Learn how colder temperatures can affect your car battery.

How to Check a Circuit Breaker

A circuit breaker is a safety device that is responsible for cutting power in the house if too much current.

How to Use a 6V Battery Charger to Electrify a Fence

Follow these steps to use a 6V battery charger to electrify a fence.

5 Different Circuit Breaker Types

The circuit breaker comes in a wide range of sizes for homes and industry. Learn more about the different

How to Reset a Circuit Breaker

A circuit breaker acts to protect the electrical circuit if it overloads or short-circuits. In case of

Circuit Breaker Basics

A circuit breaker is an automatic switch in an electric panel. It constantly monitors the amount of electricity

How to Convert a AA Battery to a C or D

It is quite easy to convert an "AA" battery into either a "C" or "D" sized battery. What is not commonly

How to Wire an Auxiliary Battery

In order to get the most use out of your auxiliary battery, it is important that you wire it properly.

How to Clean Battery Acid Out of a Charger

When a battery leaks inside a battery charger (or any other electronic device) it can be a pretty scary

How to Know if a Battery Charger is Working

With so many different types of batteries and chargers out there, it can be difficult to tell whether