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Learn how to install new wiring and repair old wiring and electrical devices with these DIY projects and advice from licensed electricians.

  1. Replacing Electrical Outlet

    Is there a way to replace a two-slot outlet with a three-slot outlet without running a new ground wire halfway through the house?

Other Projects for DIYers from The Family Handyman:

  1. Installing PVC Conduit

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    Metal conduit is tough stuff, but it’s heavy, hard to work with and expensive. Rigid PVC conduit is a better choice for DIYers; these pro tips show how to use it.

  2. Fix Underground Wiring

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    Accidentally cut an underground electrical wire? The easiest way to repair it is with an underground splice kit, which uses a rustproof connector to repair and seal the break.

  3. Diagnosing Appliance Fault Codes

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

  4. Fishing Electrical Wire Through Walls

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    Add wiring for new switches, fixtures and outlets anywhere in the house, with minimal wall damage. Learn how to use fish tapes, flex bits and glow rods to pull wire through walls and across ceilings, quickly and efficiently.

  5. How to Wire a Finished Garage

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    If your garage doesn’t have enough outlets and you’re sick of squinting to see what you’re working on, then here’s the solution. Using PVC conduit and metal surface-mount electrical boxes, we’ll show you how to connect additional outlets to an existing garage outlet and how to add bright, ...

  6. How to Install a Tamper-Resistant Outlet

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    Replace standard electrical outlets with tamper-resistant outlets for a safer home. They're inexpensive and easy to install.

  7. How to Rough-In Electrical Wiring

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    You can save a lot of money by doing your own wiring. Here we'll show you to wire an entire room. Even if you've never picked up an electrical tool in your life, you can safely rough-in wiring by following the directions in this article. You'll learn all of the pro techniques for a wiring job, including choosing the right size receptacle boxes, running cable throughout the room, and making the electrical connections.

  8. How to Wire a Garage (Unfinished)

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    Frustrated by too few outlets in your garage? Lighting that’s too dim? Or maybe you just want to install a garage door opener and need a nearby plug-in. If so, this article is for you. Garage wiring has special rules. So before installing those extra outlets, read through the details in this story to make sure that you're doing it safely and according to the Electrical Code.

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