Do-it-yourself electric repairing is a cost-effective and interesting way to fix some stuff around your house. If you experience an outlet, switch or lighting problem, fixing it on your own is a convenient way of being economical. You may do the simple stuff yourself, but in the case of some big issues, it is best to consult a qualified person to be sure you’re performing it properly for safety reasons. Any time you are dealing with electricity, make sure the power is off prior to touching any wires.
You need to have these supplies to do some repairs: Phillips screwdriver, straight screwdriver, needle nose pliers, electrical tape, wire strippers and wire connectors in a variety of sizes. These things are optional: a multi meter and a tick tracer, which are the electrical testers (you use these to check if there is any electricity in the wires).
To know exactly what is happening, you ought to fully understand what the wires are for. The green one represents a ground cable. It’s intended for the safety; always ensure that it is attached to the unit or to the electrical box. Then there’s the white wire (or any kind of colored wire having white lines going all the way down the length) and it is really a neutral wire. This one is likewise a grounding wire; however it is grounded inside the transformer. Every other colored wire will be a live or hot wire. Several hot wires don’t transport current all the time. These should be regarded as potentially hot; for that reason, you ought to handle them just like they are hot wires.
Prior to removing any sort of cover, make sure the breaker is off. Take off the cover and undo the piece from the electrical box and take it out of electrical box. In case you have got a tick tracer or multi meter, test the wires to make sure the electrical power is off. You can as well take a picture of the way it is wired prior to removing any wires; this will allow you not to mess up its original condition. Take it off and bring it with you to buy a substitute part. When you obtain the substitute, wire it up exactly the same way as it was, change the cover and turn the breaker on.
Changing a cut cord is simple since it is not electrified. Look at your device to find out where the cord inputs. As soon as you get in, you will discover the way the cord is attached (take a photo for reference point if needed). Remove the insulation from the wires using the wire strippers somewhere around half inch from the ending and simply reattach your cord to the device. At times it can be simpler to strip the wires within the device too and work with a wire connector in order to attach the wires. In case you do that, make sure to wrap the wires with electrical tape so as to stay away from wire connection shortage.