Eletrical Repairs DIY – Splice Wires

When something needs to be done with the electrical wires in your home, the addition of a light switch or repairs to the wiring in your home, you can try to DIY if you have the tools and skills. Otherwise, calling an electrician could be a smart choice. There are some activities that handy people can manage on their own, but the electrical work is generally is more complicated.

Whatever type of fixing or amendments that needs done, first, turn off the main switch or at least turn off the specific circuit in which the service will be done.

It is also essential to have the right tools for the task and materials such as connectors and insulating tape quality and meet the technical standards governing products and electrical installation.

Never use materials like tape, cellophane tape or masking tape to splice the wires and cables, as they are not made for this purpose and compromise the safety of the electrical installation, give preference to recognized brands in the market.

MATERIALS AND TOOLS
– Voltmeter
– Electrician’s or linesman’s pliers
– Junction box
– Romex wire connector
– Needle-nose pliers
– Screwdriver
– Wall anchors
– Wood screws
– Grounding screw
– Utility knife
– Wire strippers
– Wire caps or nuts
– Junction box cover (if sold separately)

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Learning how to splice wires correctly will not only ensure that your electrical repairs and upgrades function properly, but, equally important, keep you and your property safe.
  • If you’re apprehensive about working with electricity or lack basic electrical knowledge, do not hesitate to hire a licensed electrician for your project.
  • The connectors act as protective guides that also secure the wires to the junction box. Without them, the wires could be damaged by the sharp edges of the knockout holes.

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