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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. How to Install a Floor Outlet

    Sometimes electricity is just not where you need it, especially in big rooms and in older houses. A floor outlet may be the perfect way to solve the problem.

Other Projects for DIYers from The Family Handyman:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Replacing Electrical Outlet

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    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?

  4. How to Install GFCI Outlets

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    Installing a GFCI outlet doesn't have to be confusing. Closeup photos show how to install a GFCI without getting “line” and “load” connections confused.

  5. 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.

  6. Getting Your Energy Source From the Sun May Save You

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    Photovoltaic solar panels are getting cheaper and more efficient, but they’re still not for everyone. These questions will help you decide if they make sense for your house. Photo by Shawn O’Connor/Getty Images

  7. 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.

  8. How Circuit Breakers Work

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    Breakers tripping too often? Learn how circuit breakers work and how to calculate the safe electrical loads for the circuits in your house.

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