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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Energy Act Requires New Light Bulbs to Conserve Energy

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    Learn the new rules for light bulbs being sold in 2012 and how to choose the best bulbs for your home - halogens, fluorescents and LEDs. We'll also show you the top rated bulbs and what you can expect from them.

  6. Switch to Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs and Save Energy

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    Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) come in a variety of sizes and colors. Learn about different types, where and where not to use them, and how to dispose of them.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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