Having a knowledge of basic home wiring can be a money saver. The ability to fix or install basic electrical components like wall switches or wall plugs will save you many expensive visits by electricians or electrical contractors. Here's how to wire a light switch and a wall plug (wall outlet).
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Things you need
- electrical wire
- wire strippers
- electrical socket
- light switch
Turn off the power to any circuits you'll be working on at your house's breaker box before you wire a light switch or wall plug. If you're uncertain about which breaker controls your circuit, turn off the main power. Better safe than sorry.
Strip the insulation off the wires you'll be connecting to the light switch. Each cable will have a black and a white wire--remove enough insulation so 1/2 inch of bare wire is exposed.
Connect the black wires to the set screws on the side of the light switch. Loosen the screws, slip the wire underneath and tighten the screw. Take the two white wires and connect them together with a wire nut. Turn the circuit back on and test the operation of the switch.
Strip the insulation off the wires you'll be connecting to the wall plug. Each cable will have a black and a white wire--remove enough insulation so 1/2 inch of bare wire is exposed.
Connect the black wires to the brass-coloured set screws on the side of the wall plug. Loosen the screws, slip the wires underneath the screw and tighten the screw down. Do the same with the white wires, connecting them to the silver-coloured set screws. Turn the power back on and test the operation of the wall plug.