Electrical

 

LIGHT BULBS

Out-of-reach light bulbs: Are your light bulbs or spotlights too high to reach? Forget the ladder. Simply use this special extension pole available at home centers and hardware stores. And a little duct tape, petroleum jelly and a spot of solder can make the job easier. Find out why.

 

BATHROOM FAN

Noisy bathroom fan? Chances are you don't need to replace the entire unit -- simply the fan or blower wheel. Here's how.

 

LAMPS

Replace the plug: Don't throw that lamp or light-duty appliance away just because there's a short in the electrical plug. For a few dollars, you can replace the plug yourself.

 

SWITCHES

Light switch: Replacing a simple single-pole, two-way switch.

Timer switch: Replace a defective or broken timer switch.

 

PLUGS

Replace the plug: Don't throw that lamp or light-duty appliance away just because there's a short in the electrical plug. For a few dollars, you can replace the plug yourself.

 

TOASTERS

Repair a toaster? Is it worth it? Find out what it takes in this two-part, instructional video.

 

GARBAGE DISPOSERS

Disposer won't start? Replacing a broken switch on a garbage disposer.

 

REFRIGERATOR/FREEZER

Refrigerator won't cool? Freezer won't freeze? If your freezer and/or refrigerator has stopped working and only works after it is unplugged, then plugged back in (rebooted), then your problem may be a faulty thermal fuse, or thermistor. Here's how to check -- and replace it, if needed -- as well as the defrost sensor.

 

ELECTRONIC MATCHING GAME

Looking for a unique Christmas or birthday gift for a child? Make this clever electronic matching game using a few simple materials from around the house.

 

ELECTRIC HEAT

Electric stove heating unit: Have the "flames" gone out in your freestanding electric stove heating unit? Easily restore them with a pair of light bulbs and a screwdriver.

 

DVD/CD PLAYERS

DVD or CD player won't open? Before shelling out money for a new one, try this simple repair for less than a couple of bucks!

Jammed tray in your DVD or CD player? You might be able to fix it using the "Star Wars" technique!