In this video, This Old House master electrician Heath Eastman helps a homeowner give her backyard space some charm and coziness with a simple lighting upgrade.
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Backyard spaces can be an opportunity to put your personal style on display outdoors. But in many developments, backyards are relatively basic and need a bit of help. When a homeowner asked master electrician Heath Eastman about dressing up her deck with some outdoor string lights, he knew just what to do to brighten that backyard space.
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Heath mounts the smart switch inside by drilling two small holes to secure the bracket of the smart switch [https://homedepot.sjv.io/Gmobv6] in place.
All supplies used for this project can be found at most home centers.
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