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There's only a remote possibility | (UPI) -- The proliferation of consumer electronic gadgets means many people have their coffee tables covered with remotes. In many homes, people have a television, often two video cassette machines, a DVD player and several other pieces of equipment operated by remote control devices. Even non-video appliances, such as Bose radios and other sound systems, can be operated remotely.

Universal remotes are available but because many people have the same multi-product layout in their dens and bedrooms, they elect to continue to use the original remotes, shuttling them from room to room.

The increased complexity of new electronic equipment also makes it impossible -- or at least very difficult -- for outsiders to easily use someone else's setup, which is good news for homeowners but bad news for visitors.

The bottom line: As you add more electronic devices, it makes sense to occasionally take stock of your hook-ups. Make sure you draw a diagram of how your appliances are hooked together, particularly if the work was done professionally, so any future changes will be easier and cause no damage.

By the way, pulling your equipment away from the wall and taking photographs of the wiring is a good way to document your system, not only for future reference but, in a worst-case scenario, to show your insurance company.

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