Articles by Caryn Colgan


Guide to Backup Generators

Posted by Caryn Colgan | Jan 01, 2011

Emergency generators or backup generators are especially important when homes and businesses are located in areas prone to power outages due to hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms...


Black Electrical Outlets

Posted by Caryn Colgan | Jan 01, 2011

Credit: Arnev Products Make a fashion statement with black electrical outlets, flip switches, toggle switches, dimmer switches, switch plates, phone jacks, cable jacks and outlet...


How Much Does It Cost to Rewire a House?

Posted by Caryn Colgan | Jan 01, 2011

Credit: LBWL Connections Factors Involved in the Cost of Rewiring a House Older homes, like those in Boston, may require whole-house rewiring for safety and to meet local building...


Diesel Vs. Gasoline Generators

Posted by Caryn Colgan | Jan 01, 2011

Homeowners, do you want to keep the electricity on in your home when the grid utility power fails? Rather than install a costly permanent backup system, you can choose between...


Solutions for Non-Toxic Termite Control

Posted by Caryn Colgan | Jan 01, 2011

Prevent termites with a sand barrier. Credit: 5 Star Termite & Pest Control Termites are wood-eating insect predators that can seriously damage homes and other structures made...


Home Low-Voltage Lighting and Wiring

Posted by Caryn Colgan | Jan 01, 2011

Photo credit: Easy Outdoor Decor Low-voltage lighting systems have become popular in recent years for compelling reasons. First, low-voltage home systems use less electricity and...


Remote Electrical Switch

Posted by Caryn Colgan | Jan 01, 2011

Credit: Super Switch A remote electrical switch is a convenient way to turn on lights and small electrical appliances from locations inside or outside the home. Using a remote electric...


Concrete Retaining Walls

Posted by Caryn Colgan | Jan 01, 2011

Concrete is an excellent material for retaining walls. Concrete retaining walls add stability to areas prone to erosion, preventing soil and rock from sliding. They may also serve...


Concrete Waffle Slabs

Posted by Caryn Colgan | Jan 01, 2011

Resembling the food after which they are named, concrete waffle slabs are reinforced concrete floors and roofs that use a square grid of deep sides. This form of construction is used...


Types of Whole-House Generators

Posted by Caryn Colgan | Jan 01, 2011

A whole-house generator will keep electrical appliances running in your home even if your utility provider experiences a power outage. Emergency, standby or backup generators can...