Simply put, electrical work is dangerous. With projects of any complexity or sophistication, we wholeheartedly recommend hiring a licensed electrician. There are, however, simple repairs and updates that are appropriate for budget-minded do-it-yourselfers ready to proceed with careful attention to detail. By following these tips, you can replace an old or damaged outlet. For this job, we recommend that you hire a licensed master electrician, not least because building codes often stipulate that a permit is necessary for new electrical work, and in many parts of the country, only a pro can obtain the required permissions. In other areas, a homeowner can pull his own permits after passing a government-administered test.
Wiring for Split-Wire or Split-Feed Outlets
3 Ways to Install a Switch to Control the Top Half of an Outlet
But if you are determined to control them on one switch, even though you would not be able to control the fan or its speed separately, you can do so. A basic technique called pigtailing allows you to join the wires needed in the switch box. Learning how to pigtail augments your basic wiring skills. If you have doubts about your ability to complete the project, have a licensed electrician perform the job or inspect your work immediately upon completion. Turn off the circuit breaker controlling the circuit to the ceiling fan, the light and their switch. Remove the switch cover by unscrewing its small screw. Double-check that you have cut off the electricity correctly by holding a non-contact circuit tester within 1 inch or so of the wiring in the switch.
How To Hook Up Light Switch With Outlet
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Copyright Tim Carter. Virtually every house has at least one set of three way switches. They may be at the bottom and the top of stairways. Often they can be found at either end of a hallway.