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We first noticed rail lighting in trendy restaurants, and today they’re popular in homes with fixtures mounted on rails across a ceiling or along a wall. They offer a lot of versatility to create a dramatic design element or a practical solution used as general overhead lighting in a room or to showcase a particular wall or feature.

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An AFCI (arc-fault circuit interrupter) can protect you and your family from unseen dangers in your home’s wiring. It is a safety device designed to protect against residential fires caused by a leak in the current outside a wire’s insulation. The device takes over where conventional circuit breakers, which can’t detect damaged wires or faulty electrical insulation, leave off.

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We’ve all seen how the proliferation of surveillance cameras help detectives identify suspects on TV police shows; today’s similar scaled down technology can help homeowners protect their home and family from the bad guys. With the ADT Blue Wireless Outdoor Camera, you can protect your home by mounting the device at an entry door and monitor the wireless operation on a cellphone.

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All it takes is one lightning strike and the damage it causes to realize the value of whole house surge protection. When a surge occurs, the device responds within nanoseconds, diverting the destructive energy to ground; and when it is wired into your circuit breaker system, it absorbs excess voltage and allows only normal voltage to pass through to your equipment.

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Q: I need help with my laundry room. I’m enlarging it in a remodeling project and know I need more countertop room. I’m interested in ways to make the most of the space in the laundry room. I’ve got a healthy budget, and now is the time to put all options out on the table for consideration. —Maria A., Tuscon, Ariz.

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You’ll find several choices for lighting a walkway, patio, deck or garden path available at home and garden centers and online. While the lighting provides secure footing by illuminating the dark spaces of your property, it can also focus attention on landscape features in a garden, while being a deterrent to unwanted visitors.

A working smoke detector can be a lifesaver, but when it starts beeping at three in the morning, you probably feel more like ripping it out of the ceiling. If you’re tired of waking up to a chirping smoke detector, try these steps to get it working again.

Hate the appearance of the traditional boxy hi-fi speakers that take up room on a shelf or floor? One option is to install speakers wired in the ceiling where they can be heard and barely seen. This is a doable job especially if you're planning a ceiling project because it will be open and easy to work in.

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You've already heard the recent story: Amazon's voice-activated Echo device secretly recorded a couple's private conversations and then sent r…

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Dell Ervin Rutherford passed away on October 10, 2017. He was born on July 2, 1952 to parents, Doris and Willis Rutherford. Mr. Rutherford is …

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