Tips for Coaxial Cable Wiring
Avoid push-on, screw-on and crimp-on coaxial connectors connectors; compression connectors work best. You'll need a $15 crimping tool to install compression connectors. Buy connectors that can handle the highest frequency available. Some cheap connectors may work for a security camera, but not a Hi-Def TV or Internet signal. The same goes for wall plates. Not all wall plates have built-in connectors capable of handling high-end signals. When in doubt, buy the connector with the highest freque...
Common National Electric Code Violations
These are the electrical codes DIYers (and pros) mess up most often. Many problems stem from new additions to the National Electrical Code (NEC), while some common mistakes violate codes that have been on the books for years. These tips clear up the confusion and help you pass an electrical inspection.
Handy Plumbing Tips and Tricks
Use a strong magnet to find hidden pipes When trying to locate a pipe under the floor, attach a rare earth (neodymium) magnet to an electrical fish tape and feed it into drain lines through the cleanout plug. Locate the magnet (and the pipe) under the floor using an ordinary compass, which will turn wildly when it finds the strong magnet.