For nonelectricians, wiring repairs can be dreaded tasks. With the help of electrician Brian Walo, however, even beginners can consider tackling a few basic wiring repairs. Walo cautions that working with electricity can be dangerous and that it is important to be patient and to follow a few simple rules. The four projects Walo outlines are replacing an outlet, replacing a single-pole switch, replacing a three-way switch, and replacing a light fixture. This article includes numerous diagrams as well as sidebars about working safely with electricity and tips for trouble-free wiring.
Plus, test your electrical wiring skills before you read this article. Play the Be the Electrician Inspector game to identify the incorrect elements in a doctored diagram of a three way switch.