Tips and advice from electricians about electrical repairs you can do yourself.
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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How to Replace a Pull-Chain Light Fixture
Pull chain light fixtures are easy to replace when the switch wears out or breaks. We show you how to replace it safely and quickly. It'll only take about 15 minutes.
Replace a Phone Jack
A dead line or static on your phone may be due to bad wall jack. Replace it in 10 minutes.
Repair a Doorbell: Fix a Dead or Broken Doorbell
A doorbell that doesn't ring has four possible problems: the button, the chime, the transformer or the wiring that connects them all. Here’s how to track the culprit and make the fix.
How to Fix Earbuds
Fix expensive earbuds by resoldering broken electrical connections. It's a quick and easy process.
How to Fix Burned Wire
Fix burned wire inside electrical boxes by replacing charred insulation. You can do this quickly and easily without pulling in new wires.
How to Repair a Cut Extension Cord
If you accidentally cut your extension cord or power tool cord, save it by adding a new plug and receptacle to the two pieces—a safer solution than a splice.
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.
Fix a Lamp Cord
Replacing a damaged plug is easy, but for safety you have to follow proper wiring rules, especially when wiring a polarized plug. A polarized plug has one wide and one narrow blade.