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Wiring Projects


How To Replace A Ceiling-Mounted Light Fixture

Begin by turning off the power to the fixture.
Remove the globe by unthreading the globe (Turning it counterclockwise) or by loosening the three screws that pinch the globe in place (the screws usually go through a collar around the base of the globe). Next, remove the lightbulbs from the fixture.

 

How To Install A Dimmer Switch
First shut off the power to the switch. Remove the decorative coverplate from the switch by unscrewing the two screws that hold the plate to the switch box. Set the screws and the plate aside. With the coverplate off, you will be able to see the switch and the electrical box it is attached to.

 

How to fix a doorbell

Begin by testing the button to make sure it works. Doorbell buttons are commonly the culprit. Use a screwdriver to remove the two screws that secure the doorbell cover to the house...

 

How to fix a lamp socket

With the lamp unplugged, the shade off, and the bulb out, you can remove the socket. Squeeze the outer shell of the socket just above the base and pull the shell out of the base (the shell is often marked “Press” at some point along its perimeter. Press there and then pull)...

 

How to remove a broken light bulb

Before you start to remove the broken bulb, turn off the power to the light (or unplug the lamp, if that’s what you’re working on). Then, with the light switch in the ON position, place the tip of your voltage sensor in the bro ken bulb base. If the sensor beeps or lights up, then the wires are still live and are not safe to work. Check the main circuit panel again and trip the correct breaker to disconnect power to the light. If the sensor does not beep or light up, the circuit is dead and safe to work on...

 

How to replace a pull-chain switch

First, make sure that the switch is broken, not just the chain. If you find a short bit of chain sticking out of the fixture, pull on it to see if the light turns on and off. If so, you can buy and attach a new length of pull chain. If there’s no chain left or if the switch doesn’t work when you pull the remaining chain, go ahead and replace the switch...

 

How to install a programmable thermostat

Turn off the power to the furnace at the main service panel. Then, remove the thermostat cover...

 

How to remove a wall switch

To remove the old switch, first shut off the power to the switch. Remove the decorative cover- plate from the switch by unscrewing the two screws that hold the plate to the switch box. Set the screws and the plate aside. With the cover- plate off you will be able to see the switch and the electrical box it is attached to...

 

How to install a wireless wall switch

To install the receiver switch, you’ll need to deter mine which wire carries current from the service panel. Bend both the wires so they are as far apart as possible. Turn the power back on temporarily Without touching either wire, pass your voltage sensor over both. One should make your sensor beep and light up and the other won’t. The one that trips your sensor carries current. Turn off the power and label that wire with a piece of tape...

 

How to fix a bad receptacle

Shut off the power to the switch at the main service panel. Remove the decorative cover plate from the receptacle. Set the screw and the plate aside. With the cover plate off you will be able to see the receptacle and the electrical box it is attached to...

 

Installing a tamper-resistant receptacle

Shut the power to the switch off. Remove the decorative coverplate from the receptacle by unscrewing the screw that holds the plate to the electrical box. Set the screw and the plate aside.

 

Installing safety coverplates

You can get much of the protection of a  tamperproof outlet with a safety coverplate. Adding one takes only minutes and requires no contact with wiring. Remove the old coverplate from the receptacle by unscrewing the screw that holds the plate to the electrical box.

 

Installing a plug cover

Plug covers are designed to replace cover plates on receptacles where devices are plugged in more or less permanently to prevent children from unplugging them.

 

How to replace a GFCI receptacle (Pages 1 2 3)

Remove the decorative coverplate from the receptacle. With the coverplate off, you will be able to see the receptacle and the electrical box it is attached to.

 

How to install a time switch

First shut off the power to the switch. Remove the decorative coverplate from the switch by unscrewing the two screws that hold the plate to the switch box. Set the screws and the plate aside.

 

How to replace a bad wall switch (Pages 1 2 3)

First shut off the power to the switch. Remove the decorative coverplate from the switch by unscrewing the two screws that hold the plate to the switch box. Set the screws and the plate aside. With the coverplate off, you will be able to see the switch and the electrical box it is attached to.

 

 

 

 

 

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