24 Acronyms and Abbreviations DIYers Need to Know
Do you know what these common acronyms and abbreviations mean? If not, study up before your next home improvement project!
GFCI is an important acronym to know when doing electrical work. It stands for ground fault circuit interrupter. What it does is shut off a circuit when it detects current is flowing through an unintended path. A GFCI plug receptacle will reduce the danger of deadly shock from faulty plug-in cords. See how to install a GFCI outlet and how to test a GFCI outlet.
British thermal unit is a measuring tool of temperature. It is defined as the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. Why is Btu important? Because the number of Btus needed for your home corresponds to the square footage you’re trying to heat and cool. The larger your home, the more Btus you want. Here’s how to cut down on home heating costs.
Medium-density fiberboard or MDF is an inexpensive option for woodworking and carpentry projects. MDF is basically sawdust and glue fused together under pressure. It works well for shelving and storage projects because it cuts well. Try using MDF for a flooring project.
National Electrical Code or NEC is the Bible for electrical work around the house and will help guide safe installation of electrical wiring. Consult the NEC before doing any electrical work. Find out how to run power anywhere in the home.
Polyvinyl chloride is the actual name of one of the most versatile items in any shop, PVC piping. PVC was first synthesized in 1872 by a German chemist. Later Waldo Semon and B.F. Goodrich later made it more flexible and its use expanded. Find out the DIY projects you can do without hiring a professional.
The positive crankcase ventilation valve in your vehicle is a one-way valve that recycles the crankcase gases back to the engine to burn. If you have a plugged PCV valve, you’ll notice a rough idle and poor mileage. It can also create oil leaks. See why checking your PCV valve is the world’s easiest diagnostic test.
You see it on light bulbs and plenty of other items but what’s that UL stand for? It stands for Underwriters Laboratories based out of Northbrook, Illinois. UL certifies, validates, tests, inspects, audits, advises and educates and has done so since 1894. Find out why you should check to see if that UL label is on a home security system and why it’s especially important to see on a surge protector.
You know it as the cure-all for all things immoveable or getting rid of pests. But do you know what the acronym means? The WD part means water displacement and 40 comes from the number of attempts it took to get the formula worked out back in 1953. Here are some of the many uses of WD-40 you should know.
The shorthand has overtaken the longer version of heating, ventilation and air conditioning and for good reason, that’s a mouthful. Check these things before calling an HVAC technician to avoid looking foolish and figure out just which kind of furnace filter is the best.
Wi-Fi is an abbreviation of sorts. Technically, it stands for wireless fidelity and the name intended to be a play upon hi-fi or high fidelity. The Wi-Fi Alliance, which holds the Wi-Fi trademark, has referred to Wi-Fi as standing for wireless fidelity in the past. Here’s how to fix the slow Wi-Fi spots at home.