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How To: Shop for PEX Tubing

For much of the latter 20th century, household plumbing systems depended on copper pipe-a difficult-to-master building material whose price only rose along with the ever-increasing demand. Today, many pros (and do-it-yourselfers) prefer to use tubing made of cross-linked polyethylene, or PEX. In addition to being cheaper than copper, PEX boasts the added advantage of being…
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How To: Wire an Outlet

There's no need to call in an electrician. A do-it-yourself can wire an outlet himself, so long as the electrical box is grounded and proper precautions are taken. Read on to learn how to upgrade an outlet safely.
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