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LiftMaster® Elite Series® Garage Door Opener with MyQ™ Technology Review

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical, Garages

Elite Series® DC Battery Backup Belt Drive Garage Door Openers Garage door openers haven’t changed much in the last 20 years other than different motors that help reduce noise. All that has changed with some really cool new technology from LiftMaster. MyQ™ Technology is bringing smart home features to your next garage door opener! Recently…

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Installing Programmable Thermostats

By Todd Fratzel on Air Conditioning, Electrical, Energy Conservation

Programmable Thermostats Save Money Installing a programmable thermostat is a very easy home improvement project and one that could save you quite a bit of money. Installing a programmable thermostat helps save energy by automatically turning down your heat or turning up your cooling when you’re asleep or away from home. The savings from using…

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Installing Recessed Lighting – Fire Safety

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical

Recessed Lighting Fire Safety I’ve had several questions this month about fire safety and recessed lighting (or recessed cans). If you’re going to be installing recessed lighting or you’re going to be adding extra insulation to an attic it’s important to understand the dangers and potential fire hazards with recessed lighting. Recessed Lighting Housing Types…

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Generator Q&A with Kohler

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical

Generators Around The Home With all the nasty weather around the Country lately I thought it would be good timing for some generator talk. The folks at Kohler were generous enough to share some of their expertise with generators for some interesting Q&A. What’s the difference between portable generators and standby generators? When power is…

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Using A Backup Generator

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical, Safety

Backup Generator – When the Lights Go Out Hurricane Irene is breathing down our neck here in NH today. As the storm approaches I thought it was a good time to revise an older post here and mention backup generators. It’s a really good idea to be prepared with a backup generator for power outages.…

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Logitech Squeezebox™ Touch – Multi Room Sound System

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical

Logitech Squeezebox™ Touch A multi-room sound system is something we planned for when we built the new house. I installed two things to help facilitate a multi-room sound system including structured wiring and a built-in speaker system. We already have a very nice stereo system along with a computer network. So the last piece of…

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Automatic Standby Generator Systems from GE Help Families Power More for Less

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical

Symphony™ II power management system allows homeowners to keep more of their comforts without needing a larger generator. At this year’s 2011 IBS generators were a major focus and the folks at GE gave us a really cool tour of their new vertical whole house generators along with the Symphony™ II Power Management System. The…

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Using Dimmer Switches with LED Lights

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical

Not All Dimmers Work with Dimmable LED Lights We recently wrote several articles about How To Install LED Lights in recessed light fixtures. The LED’s that we installed are a dimmable LED fixture which was a huge selling point for me as we use several dimmers in our home. Unfortunately I didn’t realize that just…

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