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Fun DIY Outdoor Lighting

on September 22, 2017

Cooler weather makes it more appealing to be outside after the sun goes down, and do-it-yourself lighting projects can add a distinctive flair to outdoor gatherings. Mainstream Electric has ways to power your tomorrow and help make your backyard the place to be on autumn evenings with these great DIY backyard lighting ideas. One of […]

Why Duct Tape Can’t Solve Everything

Why Duct Tape Can’t Solve Everything

on July 21, 2017

A few years ago, my car overheated and I found a crack in the top of the radiator that was pouring out coolant as fast as it could.  I needed to get to the shop so I slapped some duct tape over it to try and stop the flow on my way to the mechanic.  […]

How to Handle High Summer Temperatures

on July 14, 2017

While Washington and Idaho aren’t known for searing-hot temperatures, our summers can get pretty warm (especially when you’re used to or favor the cold).  With temperatures peaking in the mid to high 90s over the next few weeks, it’s important to consider just how warm it’s going to be outside when you make plans. Air […]

How to Replace a Pool Light

on July 7, 2017

Outdoor lighting has always been about beauty, but every light doubles as a matter of safety.  While path-way lights can range from haunting and mystical to strictly utilitarian, they serve as guardians of safety in the dark.  This is true of all the lights in your yard, from porch and security lights to accent lights […]

Fix Damaged Paint to Protect Your Home

on June 23, 2017

Paint is a wonderful tool for decorating our homes.  Many people consider it to be just another decoration and, while we spend days of deliberation selecting just the right color, tend to forget that paint plays an important role in protecting our buildings (as well as our cars and other vehicles).  For example, the traditional […]

Water Heaters – Ownership Do’s and Don’ts

on June 9, 2017

Hot water is essential to daily life.  While we mostly use it for cleaning, it’s such an essential part of life that when the hot water runs out, our plans for the day screech to a halt.  When your hot water tank is on the fritz showers are uncomfortable and it takes more energy for […]

What’s the Best Fixture for Your Ceiling?

on May 12, 2017

Here’s something you may not have considered: is there a right choice when it comes to installing a new ceiling fixture?  Short answer: not always but often there are better answers than the one you first choose.  Are you looking for a fan?  Is your ceiling sloped? What’s the aesthetic of your room?  Does the […]

May Is Electric Safety Month!

on May 5, 2017

Home Electric Safety Month is upon us once again.  Home ownership is worth it, but it isn’t without its drawbacks.  Proper maintenance and care is essential to keep your home in top-working condition.  To do that, it’s important to stay current on what you have and haven’t had done in your home.  Older wiring needs […]

Flood Safety Preparation Guide

on April 28, 2017

With cloudy days and scattered showers, it can be easy to forget how fast a flood can strike.  Even a home that’s on an uphill slope can suffer from flood conditions if water starts pooling just right against the foundation.  When cracks form, a heavy rain can overburden the sump pump in your home or […]

Easy Ways You Can Save Energy

on April 21, 2017

We all want to save money every month.  Whether it’s to save up for a big purchase, build up an emergency fund for future disaster, or simply putting back money for retirement, a little extra cash now and then is always welcome.  For many of us, we spend a lot of money on utilities.  Whether […]

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