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Electrical Wiring

Install electrical wiring for all your home improvement projects.

  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.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. How to Rough-In Electrical Wiring

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    You can save a lot of money by doing your own wiring. Here we'll show you to wire an entire room. Even if you've never picked up an electrical tool in your life, you can safely rough-in wiring by following the directions in this article. You'll learn all of the pro techniques for a wiring job, including choosing the right size receptacle boxes, running cable throughout the room, and making the electrical connections.

  4. How to Wire a Garage (Unfinished)

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    Frustrated by too few outlets in your garage? Lighting that’s too dim? Or maybe you just want to install a garage door opener and need a nearby plug-in. If so, this article is for you. Garage wiring has special rules. So before installing those extra outlets, read through the details in this story to make sure that you're doing it safely and according to the Electrical Code.

  5. How to Install Surface-Mounted Wiring and Conduit

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    Learn about the tools, materials and techniques you need to cut, bend and install surface-mounted metal conduit. Add power to a basement or garage shop with easy, inexpensive EMT (electrical metallic tubing).

  6. Home Audio Installation: Install a Whole-House Audio System

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    New high-tech components make it easier than ever to install your own whole-house audio system. We'll tell you what to buy and show you how to run the wires and mount the speakers and controls. The rest is simple plug-in hookups.

  7. How to Hide Wiring: Speaker and Low-Voltage Wire

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    Install a home theater and hide the speaker wires with no muss, simple solutions. We'll show you four different ways to take care of it.

  8. Installing Communication Wiring

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    Prepare your home for communication wiring. We'll show you how to install CAT-5e and RG6 coaxial cables to update the telephone, TV, Internet, and other communications. It's easy to install and the expense is modest when you do it yourself.

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