How to Wire Electrical Switches and Outlets

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Black & Decker Complete Guide to Wiring Updated 6th Edition I 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.

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3 Comments

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

  2. I wired a new light switch into my master bedroom a few weeks ago. I found out how important it is to turn off the power before attempting to wire anything in house. I forgot to turn off the power and received quite a zap. Next time I think I’ll hire a pro to help.

  3. 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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