How to Wire Electrical Switches and Outlets

The Do-it-Yourself Elec­trical Guide

The Complete Guide to Wiring

Complete Guide to WiringI know, from your inquiries, that many of you have minor elec­trical repairs you’d like to do in your home or shop, so I thought that I’d share these great diagrams of how to wire switches and outlets.

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Single Wire Switch Diagram

From The Complete Guide to Wiring
How to wire a single wire light switch diagram

Two Wire Switch Diagram

From The Complete Guide to Wiring
How to wire a two wire light switch diagram

Single Wire Outlet Diagram

From The Complete Guide to WiringHow to wire a single wire electrical outlet diagram

Two Wire Outlet Diagram

From The Complete Guide to Wiring
How to wire a two wire electrical outlet diagram

DIY Tip: I highly recom­mend you read these DIY Elec­trical Precau­tions prior to tack­ling any elec­trical project. Prepa­ra­tion and knowl­edge helps elim­i­nate accidents.

The above diagrams and many others are avail­able in ““The Complete Guide to Wiring”.

10 comments
Pyrrho
Pyrrho

Dave, I've made the mistake of trying to install wiring like this on my own. I wouldn't recommend it. There are so many things that can go wrong. It is much better to get a professional electrician to handle those things for you. http://www.rdselectric.com/index.php 

Pyrrho
Pyrrho

Larry, I think I can easily understand how to set up a single wire switch. I just don't know how confident I am about it being correct. I might have to ask an electrician to come and make sure that I don't mess anything up in the process. http://www.amarelectrical.com.au 

tylequiousj
tylequiousj

I need to run some wires in my house to set up a surround sound system. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to run the wires, and I don't want to mess something up. I am going to hire an electrician to do it for me. Then, I will be sure that the wires are installed properly and safely. http://www.vanrijnelectric.com 

daveyhiltz
daveyhiltz

This is tempting to try and do myself, but I'm not so sure if I would. I have a bad history with wires, especially lives ones that can shock you. I don't want to get buzzed again after so many attempts. I just might hire an electrician, or just maybe ask my brother to do it. I don't mind if he gets shocked.

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KentClark1
KentClark1

If it is a simple job, then I have no problem trying to do it myself. However, for the bigger stuff, I don't have a lot of confidence in my abilities. What would you recommend I do when searching for a contractor? I just don't want to mess anything up. http://www.central-electric.com/residential/ 

Sonunigam
Sonunigam

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DIY Answer Guy
DIY Answer Guy

I would advise you to call an electrician to determine if this circuit can support this new configuration.