Home Electrical Repairs That You Can Totally Handle Yourself

Posted on 14 July 2017, By

You need not be getting help from your electrician every now and then for small electrical fixtures. There are things that you can handle by yourself. The only condition is that you should be careful and equipped with the necessary safety measures when attempting to repair and fix electrical elements. Here, we will give you an insight on some of the simple electrical goods that you can probably work and fix on all by yourself without seeking help from an electrician. Also, we will share tips on how to guarantee you are safe while working on these:

Always, keep the power off before you place your hands on any of these gadgets because we never know when there is a short circuit or fused in diseases that the gadget has on its internal side that might crop up at the most unexpected time.

The safest way is to unplug these, if your gadget comes with a plug. Also, there might be devices that have capacitors inside them and may give you shock if you are not careful.
Also to stay safe, switch off the main power. If there is no electricity at the time you are working on the electricity you are safe. But, let us take the precautions for our safety.

Replacing a light switch:

Do you think its out of trend or doesn’t operate efficiently? Then, its high time that you gave it a thought and got rid of this.

The simple thing about this light switch is that you can replace it by yourself. If you have a screwdriver and a pair of pliers, you can get this done.

But, before we help you to fix this, firstly you need to ensure that this kind of a switch is something that you can repair.

Let us take a look at the different types of switches:

  • Dimmer Switch: The installation is similar to that of a regular switch.
  • Single pole switch: This can be used for controlling one kind of device such as a fan or a light. This is the one that is regularly used in homes.
  • Double pole switch: You will not take up the repair of such kind of switches unless you are an electrician with a lot of experience.
  • Three-way switch: You can control a single switch from two different locations with a three-way switch.
  • Four-way switch: When you have a really big room, it is actually preferable to have two switches at different locations in the same room and also, another switch for the same gadget in another room, so that you can control it from three different locations and this is what exactly a four-way switch does.


Now, you know how to work or repair a damaged or disastrous light switch, working or repairing an outlet is more or less similar.

Here, are the three different kinds of outlet:

  • Ungrounded: As the name suggests this outlet unlike the ones that you find in old and traditional homes, doesn’t have the third hole that is used for grounding, but it has two other holes.
  • Grounded: We are all familiar with grounded ones that come with three holes and all the three are effectively utilized.
  • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter: Whenever a short circuit happens, this kind of an outlet helps in instantly disconnecting the switch as it comes with a built-in breaker. These are usually used in workshops, garages and even bathroom, where there is a lot of moisture.

The tools required for replacing outlets includes screwdrivers, multimeter, replacement outlets and needle-nose pins.

A note on light fixture replacement

Here, is how to get it done with ease:

Firstly, ensure that the breaker is off before attempting to do this.

The next thing you would be doing is take off the old fixture. Now you can remove the shade and also, get off the light bulbs. Remove the screws that hold this fixture to the electric box. Now, the fixture is in your hands.

There are three wires that connect the fixture to the ceiling. These include a black, green and white. Black is for power, green is for ground and white is a default one and all this go into the wires coming out of the ceiling. You will find that the connection is being achieved using nuts that can be unscrewed using a screwdriver.

Now the next step is to fit in a new fixture which is easy as well as a bit challenging too.

Repeat the same process in the reverse order. Starting with connecting the fixtures to the nuts then to the three-set of wires and then to the screws that hold it to the electric box.

Switch on and see what happens!

These are some of the examples of the simple fixtures for the electrical gadgets that we use in our daily lives.

You should be taking a note on how to ensure your safety when attempting any of these:

  • 1) Do not attempt fixing or repairing any of the electrical works unless you know it. Fear is something that could make things go wrong. The psychological aspect of fear is that it arises when you have no or least idea of what is to be done.
  • 2) Even if you are a know-how expert, ensure that you do not take a high-speed approach. You need time to analyze and find out each and everything and learn in depth of what is needed to be done and where you need to attempt fixing.
  • 3) Keep a flashlight handy whenever you are attempting an electrical repair.
  • 4) Never use aluminum ladders; it is always safe to use non-conductive ones like fiber-glass ladders.
  • 5) Now, this is common knowledge – never work on electrical gadgets in situations where you are in direct contact with water that includes rain or dampness.
  • 6) Always try to wear rubber-soled shoes. Also, it is a great idea to stand on dry floors and if the floor is wooden it would be best.
  • 7) It’s always a great idea to tape the breaker off while you turn off the power to the breaker.
  • 8) It’s always good to keep your near ones informed that you are attempting electrical works.


These are some of the tricks and some of the tips that you need to keep in mind when attempting electrical works.

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