Having a house represents a great responsibility, there are so many vital things that could be damaged and need repairs. Of course, there are jobs that need to be done by professionals, but there are others that could be done by every homeowner with just a few tips that could save them time, money and headaches. Before putting your hands into dangerous things, be aware that safety will always need to be first.
If you’re repairing an electrical household appliance,unplug it or cut the power with the switches of the main panel if unplugging is impossible. Be sure to buy the parts you really need, a little bit of assistance from the hardware store employees is quite handful here as they might orientate you in buying the right wiring and parts, the equipment intended to outside projects is not the same one that you’ll need for indoors ones, for example. And remember, ask for help if you’re not and expert, leaving your pride aside might avoid you some electrical shocks or even fires.
Of the most common problems that might represent a risk to your home but you can handle by yourself there are broken outlets. Replacing them is as easy as following the next steps:
- Turning off the power at the main circuit panel.
- Remove the old outlet cover.
- Check the conditions of your cables. If they seem to be in bad condition, cut the damaged part and strip about 2 cm of your insulation to make new and healthy contacts.
- Bend the stripped wires to form a U shape. Hook the ground wire to the ground screw in order to tighten it. It is advisable to put the hook in the same direction of the tightening of the screw as this will create a stronger connection.
- Apply the same technique used previously to connect the white neutral wire to the neutral screws of the new outlet and the black wire to one of the brass screws.
- Tuck the wiring into the box again and secure the new outlet with screws to the box with screws. It’s safer to put the ground slot on top.
- Screw the cover of the outlet to leave it fixed to the wall.
Other easy-to-handle project you can do by yourself is changing a light socket. Even when a broken one is not that risky, it’s annoying to lack of light in any room. You can replace a socket the following way:
- Roll out the bulb.
- Check for power with a tester. If there’s none, the answer is replacing the socket.
- Turn off the power.
- Check the brass contact. If it was good, then unscrew the socket.
- Apply the technique explained before to hook the cables to the new socket.
- Roll a bulb in and test the power.
Be careful while doing your electrical repairs
Remember: don’t bite more of what you can chew. Leave big projects to the pros and have fun with the smaller ones.