Electrical Repair

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

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 only a minute.

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…