Electrical Repair

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  • How to Repair a Table Lamp

    In about 30 minutes you can repair the electrical wiring in almost any lamp—and make it safe as well.

  • How to Replace a Pull-Chain Light Fixture

    Pull chain light fixtures are easy to replace when the switch wears out or breaks. We show you how to replace it safely and quickly. It'll only…

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • How to Fix Earbuds

    Fix expensive earbuds by resoldering broken electrical connections. It's a quick and easy process.

  • Fix Underground Wiring

    Accidentally cut an underground electrical wire? The easiest way to repair it is with an underground splice kit, which uses a rustproof…

  • Repair a Light Fixture

    One solution for a flickering light bulb is to bend the tab in the socket slightly upward to assure a better electrical contact. The fix takes…

  • How to Fix Burned Wire

    Fix burned wire inside electrical boxes by replacing charred insulation. You can do this quickly and easily without pulling in new wires.

  • Replace a Phone Jack

    A dead line or static on your phone may be due to bad wall jack. Replace it in 10 minutes.

  • Extension Cord Repair

    Follow these simple steps to replace a socket or plug on an extension cord. Your cord will be safe and you’ll avoid the high cost of a new one.

  • How to Repair a Cut Extension Cord

    If you accidentally cut your extension cord or power tool cord, save it by adding a new plug and receptacle to the two pieces—a safer…

  • Repair a Doorbell: Fix a Dead or Broken Doorbell

    A doorbell that doesn't ring has four possible problems: the button, the chime, the transformer or the wiring that connects them all. Here’s how…

  • Diagnosing Appliance Fault Codes

    When the display panel on your appliance flashes strange numbers, grab your owner’s manual. It may be flashing a fault code that’ll…

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