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

  1. Wiring Switches

    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.

Other Projects for DIYers from The Family Handyman:

  1. How to Repair a Table Lamp


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

  2. 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.

  3. Installing PVC Conduit


    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.

  4. 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?

  5. How to Install GFCI Outlets


    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.

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


    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


    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


    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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