Electrical Repair

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  • How to Rewire a Lamp

    In about 30 minutes you can repair the electrical wiring in almost any lamp—and make it safe as well.

  • Fix Underground Wiring

    Accidentally cut an underground electrical wire? The easiest way to repair it is with an underground splice kit, which uses a rustproof…

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    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • Repair a Light Fixture

    One solution for a flickering light bulb is to bend the tab in the socket slightly upward to assure a better electrical contact. The fix takes…

  • 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…

  • Use a Christmas Light Tester to Check Holiday Lights

    Find a holiday light problem and fix it fast with this simple tester and repairer. You don’t have to test every bulb!

  • Extension Cord Repair

    Follow these simple steps to replace a socket or plug on an extension cord. Your cord will be safe and you’ll avoid the high cost of a…

  • Replace a Phone Jack and Phone Jack Wiring

    A dead line or static on your phone may be due to bad wall jack. Replace it in 10 minutes.

  • 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…

  • Wiring a Plug: Replacing a Plug and Rewiring Electronics

    Wire plugs correctly to maintain polarity (and safety!), that is, the correct path for the voltage-carrying hot wire and the neutral wire.

  • 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.…

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