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We first noticed rail lighting in trendy restaurants, and today they’re popular in homes with fixtures mounted on rails across a ceiling or along a wall. They offer a lot of versatility to create a dramatic design element or a practical solution used as general overhead lighting in a room or to showcase a particular wall or feature.

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An AFCI (arc-fault circuit interrupter) can protect you and your family from unseen dangers in your home’s wiring. It is a safety device designed to protect against residential fires caused by a leak in the current outside a wire’s insulation. The device takes over where conventional circuit breakers, which can’t detect damaged wires or faulty electrical insulation, leave off.

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We’ve all seen how the proliferation of surveillance cameras help detectives identify suspects on TV police shows; today’s similar scaled down technology can help homeowners protect their home and family from the bad guys. With the ADT Blue Wireless Outdoor Camera, you can protect your home by mounting the device at an entry door and monitor the wireless operation on a cellphone.

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All it takes is one lightning strike and the damage it causes to realize the value of whole house surge protection. When a surge occurs, the device responds within nanoseconds, diverting the destructive energy to ground; and when it is wired into your circuit breaker system, it absorbs excess voltage and allows only normal voltage to pass through to your equipment.

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Q: I need help with my laundry room. I’m enlarging it in a remodeling project and know I need more countertop room. I’m interested in ways to make the most of the space in the laundry room. I’ve got a healthy budget, and now is the time to put all options out on the table for consideration. —Maria A., Tuscon, Ariz.

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Finally came the conclusion. This is when scientists look at their data and figure out what happened and what can be improved. Fan, Crouchley and Prawira all say they could have done things differently with more supplies and time. They were also surprised they won or came close to winning the contest.

A working smoke detector can be a lifesaver, but when it starts beeping at three in the morning, you probably feel more like ripping it out of the ceiling. If you’re tired of waking up to a chirping smoke detector, try these steps to get it working again.

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My son gave me a digital thermometer last year for Christmas and I've used it a thousand times since. These gadgets are highly practical and a useful addition to any kitchen. Taylor's instant-read model has a temperature range from -58 to 446-degrees Fahrenheit.

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Lastly, I’d love to add some gadgets to the truck. Things like a backup camera, a CarPlay stereo, and a tire pressure monitoring system would go a long way toward making this truck feel like a modern day vehicle.

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