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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. Installing a Remote Motion Detector for Lighting

    A remote sensor automatically lights up dark sidewalks and yards. And it'll operate any light fixture. In this story, we'll show you how to install a remote motion detector to your outside lights.

Other Projects for DIYers from The Family Handyman:

  1. Wiring Switches

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    Wire switches and outlets correctly and safely by following the techniques recommended by our two Master Electricians. They show how to avoid the most common wiring mistakes. With these wiring techniques you'll finish faster and guarantee trouble-free electrical performance.

  2. How to Install a Floor Outlet

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    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.

  3. How to Repair a Table Lamp

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    In about 30 minutes you can repair the electrical wiring in almost any lamp—and make it safe as well.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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