electrical

Asus Laptop Won’t Charge

by Michael on June 24, 2013 · 0 comments

Yesterday afternoon, my son reported that his Asus laptop wouldn’t charge. It’s about a year and a half old and has shown no other signs of trouble. A bit of basic troubleshooting suggested that it was the laptop itself, not the charger.

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How to Re-Light a Pre-Lit Christmas Tree

by Michael on December 16, 2012 · 1 comment

‘Tis the season… To be frustrated by Christmas lights. We have a rather nice Christmas tree that is (or was) pre-lit with colored LED lights. But this year when we set it up, there was a section that wouldn’t light up.

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Do Apple Power Adapters Work Overseas?

by Michael on February 13, 2012 · 3 comments

In a few weeks, I’m traveling to South America. In preparation, I’m trying to figure out what I’ll need in the way of power converters. As it turns out, just about the only things that I’ll need to plug in are made by Apple.

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One of my projects for holiday break has been to fix the under-cabinet lighting in our kitchen. We have a series of fluorescent fixtures that use the skinny little T5 bulbs. Some have started flickering and flashing, while others just won’t turn on.

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Not long ago, a burned out bulb was the bane of the Christmas decorator’s existence. While a single bad bulb can’t take out an entire string of modern Christmas lights, there are still things that can go wrong with your lights.

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As a quick followup to last week’s post about whether or not you need a power converter for travel to Canada, I thought I’d round things out and talk about the power situation in our neighbor to the south… Good ole Mexico.

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I’m about to head out for a short trip to Canada, where I haven’t been in ages. As I finished packing, I freaked out for a minute because I couldn’t remember if you need a power converter in Canada. Stupid, I know. Oh well, what can I say?

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How to Hide an Electrical Utility Panel

by Michael on February 13, 2010 · 0 comments

Do you have a utility panel that you’d like to hide? If so, then read on… When we renovated our house a couple of years ago, we converted our old laundry room into a powder room. In doing so, we needed to hide both an electrical panel and an alarm box. Here’s how we did it…

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