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Do-It-Yourself Electrical Projects

Many DIY electrical projects are easy to do and don't require an electrician*. Here are a variety of common home projects involving lighting and electrical service. Remember to turn off the power at the electrical panel before beginning work and post a note at the panel so no one turns it on while you are working. Check with your local authority about whether you need a permit, all pertinent regulations and whether a licensed electrician is required for the work you are planning.

Replace a Ceiling Light Fixture

Replace a Porch Light

Replace a Light Swich

Replace Fluorescent Lighting with Recessed Cans

Replace an Outlet

Replace a Plug

Install a Dimmer

*Some community regulations or home owner insurance policies may require that all electrical work be done only by a licensed electrician.






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