Electrical Repair

Tips and advice from electricians about electrical repairs you can do yourself.

Remove Broken Light Bulbs From Light Fixtures

Remove stuck or corroded light bulbs safely and easily with hot glue and a wooden stick, even if the bulb is broken. Prevent future problems with bulb lubricant.

Electrical Repair projects

  • Electric Stove Repair Tips

    You can solve most electric range burner problems yourself and avoid the expensive service call. It's quick and easy to replace a burner or bad…

  • Repair Electrical Outlets: Fix Loose Outlets

    Electrical switches and outlets that move around because the box is too recessed can be a safety problem. Outlet shims offer a quick and…

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  • 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 Oil an Electric Motor

    When oiling an electric motor be sure to use special oil for lubricating electric motors. Other oils could cause excess wear and premature…

  • How to Repair a Gas Range or an Electric Range

    If the burners on your stove don't light or the oven isn't heating, you can usually solve the problem in five minutes--and save the cost of a…

  • 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…

  • Replace a Phone Jack

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

  • Fix a Lamp Cord

    Replacing a damaged plug is easy, but for safety you have to follow proper wiring rules, especially when wiring a polarized plug. A polarized…

  • 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…