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Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

Outdoor livable space is a popular trend. You can set up an outdoor seating area, outdoor kitchen or outdoor dining space. This allows you to entertain guests outside or host a larger party than what your home can hold. This trend inspired my wife and I to build our own outdoor livable space. However, one of the biggest decisions we faced was what the base for our space would be. We could use concrete, lay pavers or construct a deck. After doing a lot of research, we decided on a deck. It was a challenging decision, but we are pleased with the outcome. In fact, we are so happy we decided to start this blog and help educate other people on decks and livable spaces. Learn the benefits, learn the downside, learn how to care for your and learn what kinds of wood are best for an outdoor deck.


Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

How To Install A Ceiling Fan Dimmer Switch

by Kelly Simmons

If you use a ceiling fan with a light to cool your room, a dimmer switch will help control the amount of illumination from the fan. One advantage of adding a dimmer switch is that you don't have to fumble with cords until you get the right fan speed. Here are some tips on installing a dimmer switch for ceiling fans.

Buy the Right Switch

For this project, you will need a voltage meter tester, screwdriver, wire cutter or stripper, and a dimmer switch and matching wall plate from a hardware store. Use caution when buying dimmer switches because the wrong one will cause a fire hazard. An ordinary dimmer switch will not work on ceiling fans, so buy one designed for ceiling fans.

Turn Off Electricity

Turn off the power to the fan from the fuse box. To be sure the power is off, turn on the switch you want to replace. Run the voltage meter over the wall plate to ensure that no current is going to it. If there is a current, the indicator light will flicker. If you don't know the right breaker that turns off the fan, you will have to keep trying until you get the right one and run the voltage test again.

Remove the Old Switch

Remove the cover plate on the wall switch and loosen the screws on the switch with a screwdriver. Save the screws in case you need them for the new switch. Before you touch wires, double check them with the voltage tester.

A good way to keep track of this is to mark them with a pencil and masking tape. Pull the plate from the wall and disconnect the wires on the old switch making note of which color goes to what terminal. If you find the old switch connected by two white wires, contact an electrician, as this could mean a dangerous neutral connection.

Install the New Switch

Trim 3/8 to 5/8 of wire insulation on the wires from the old switch so you will have a clean connection. Connect the wires to the right color terminals and fasten the wires with wire nuts. If the old switch has a copper grounding wire, connect it to the green wire on the new switch, securing the connection with a wire nut.

Push the wires carefully into the electrical box, and reinstall the wall switch plate. Insert the new dimmer switch plate on top and turn the power back on to test.

For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact RDS Electric or a similar company.