Electrical repairs can be scary, especially because of the risks involved with them. Therefore, it is always wise to contact a local 24 hour electrician for these repairs. However, a few repairs are so minor that even you can do them easily. Completing these tasks will give you a feeling of a handyman.
Easy Electrical Repairs
Caution! Dealing with electrical equipment requires extra care. Don’t forget to switch the main power off. Wear rubber gloves. Keep someone close to you in case of emergency. First attempt should always be supervised.
1. Table Lamp Fixture
Table lamps are commonly used in every home. For a flickering lamp, you don’t have to hire a pro. You can do it yourself easily. First off, turn on the power. If the bulb doesn’t glow, replace it with a new one. Still if it doesn’t respond, you must know some part is not working properly.
For instance, if you find the socket faulty, replace it with the new one. Sockets can be bought cheaply. Carefully remove the socket from base with the help of a screw driver. Make sure it doesn’t make a direct electrical contact with terminal ends.
In case you encounter a broken wire, cut off the loose ends and strip it away ½ inch. Before you pass the cord through the frame, make sure you have used grommet to protect the cord from any damage and direct contact with the body of the lamp.
And lastly, connect the plug with the wire. It’s simple; disassemble the plug with the help of a screw driver and make proper connections of live and neutral wires.
2. Installing a New Light Switch
If you find your light switch not working efficiently, no need to worry. It can be easily replaced with a new one. All you need is a screw driver and pliers.
Make sure the switches are of the following types.
- Dimmer switch
- Single-pole switch
- Double-pole switch
- Three-way switch
- Four-way switch
Before you start working on an electrical switch box, you must take precautionary measure. Use protective gloves and turn off the main circuit breaker.
First, open up the switch box, identify live and neutral wires of the light switch and cut off the broken ends of wires and strip them away ½ inch. Make sure the live wire goes to its proper terminal.
Switch terminals are usually differentiated by their size (i.e. live goes into the slot with shorter plug while neutral goes into the slot of taller plug.)
3. Removing a Circuit Breaker
Removing a circuit breaker is no big deal,but there is always a risk dealing with electrical circuits. So, it is recommended to take precautionary measures. First, remove the outer panel from service panel with the help of a screw driver. Then, you need to loosen the wires from their respective slots to cut off electrical contact with the circuit breaker. Now, gently pull the circuit breaker. Finally, insulate the wires with the help of an insulating tap to avoid any electrical hazard.