Learn how to install new wiring and repair old wiring and electrical devices with these DIY projects and advice from licensed electricians.
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 help diagnose a problem.
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Fishing Electrical Wire Through Walls
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.
How to Wire a Finished Garage
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, ...
How to Install a Tamper-Resistant Outlet
Replace standard electrical outlets with tamper-resistant outlets for a safer home. They're inexpensive and easy to install.
How to Rough-In Electrical Wiring
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.
How to Wire a Garage (Unfinished)
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.
How to Install Recessed Lighting for Dramatic Effect
Give your room a stunning new look and feel by adding DIY recessed lights. Even if you don’t have access to the ceiling from the attic, you can install these lights by following the directions shown here. You don’t have to tear up your ceiling either. We’ll show you how to add these lights to your room with minimum ceiling tear-out and patching. You can also use these wiring techniques to install other types of ceiling lighting.
Add an Electrical Outlet
Eliminate those ugly and often dangerous extension cords. You can add a new outlet quickly and easily without tearing open a wall, if you already have an outlet in the other side of the wall. No extra holes. No messy patching and repainting. The procedure we show here allowed us to center our TV ...
How to Install Outdoor Lighting and Outlet
Run an underground electrical line into the garden to power an outdoor light or a pond pump. Here’s the quickest and cheapest method for bringing power to a remote spot without tearing up your yard.