When it comes to old light fixtures, repairing rather than replacing is always a good option. Replacing a lamp socket assembly is an easy way to extend the life of an old light fixture. Step 1: Make sure the lamp is unplugged, or the power supply has been shut off. Step 2: Remove the light…


Vampire power is a term coined to describe electrical power wasted by typical household electronics when they are plugged in, but not in use. Vampire power is also known as standby power. Not all electrical devices are vampires, but devices with LED lights, digital displays, plug-in chargers or remote controls typically suck power when not…


Replacing a light fixture if it is broken or worn is an easy way to brighten your décor. Step 1: As with all electrical projects, turn the power off to the light fixture using the fuse or circuit breaker in the electrical entrance panel. Step 2: Remove the glass shade, light bulbs and any other…


Plug into a New Dryer If you are ready to plug in that new or used clothes dryer and you realize the plug on the dryer does not match the outlet on the wall, you are faced with two options – replace the dryer outlet or replace the dryer cord. Given these two choices, replacing…


Add Some Power to Your Room by Switching to a New Plug In Adding a much needed outlet to any room may be as simple as replacing an existing wall switch with a combination switch outlet. This can be done if the switch to be replaced is wired with the power source coming to it…


Install a GFCI Outlet (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) Save Yourself From A Shocking Experience by Installing a GFCI Outlet in Your Bathroom, Kitchen or Basement. GFCI’s can be installed in place of ungrounded outlets and should be installed anywhere where dampness is an issue, such as kitchens, bathrooms, basements and garages. Step One: Using the…


Install a Programmable Thermostat Save money and energy by replacing your outdated thermostat with a new programmable thermostat. Step 1: Using the breaker or fuse in your service entrance panel, turn off the power to your furnace and air conditioner. Carefully remove the old thermostat from the wall. Use masking tape and a pen to…


Replacing an Electrical Outlet Replacing an old worn or broken outlet is as easy as turning a few screws, but it can be very dangerous if you do not shut the power to the outlet off first. Step 1: Using the breaker or fuse in your service entrance panel box, turn off the power to…


Replacing an Electrical Plug Step 1: Before replacing an electrical plug end make sure the lamp or appliance is unplugged, then simply cut the old plug off, leaving as much good wire as possible. Step 2: With kitchen scissors – or wire cutters – which ever you prefer, snip down the center of the cord…