Okay, we get this alot. The DIY dad who wants to dabble with his electrical wiring. He can hold his own & is proud of his abilities. It's just super important to be sure to complete electrical work properly. Your family's safety is at risk. It's not like putting together an entertainment center, we are talking about electricity here. Remember, if you get in the weeds and are not comfortable with certain electrical work, always hire an electrician local to Albany.
So, you might want to add a new light fixture in your child's bedroom, or move an outlet to a different wall. Great ways to address these are by properly splicing wires together to save both time and money, as long as it is done correctly.
All electricians follow the notion of safety first. You have to make sure that the power is off to the entire house at the electrical panel, or, at the very least, to that room where the power comes in. Use a voltage meter to ensure that there is NO electrical current flowing in any of the wires in and around that room. Only then can you handle the wires and outlets and work on your project.
Next step, if you are splicing wires together, you will need to be sure to have junction boxes at these points. You can pick these up at any local hardware store. Also, be sure that the wires you are splicing together are of the same gauge or else you risk having electrical problems in the future.
Now, you can splice the wires together. Use a wire stripper and strip back 4-5" of casing off the ends and then leave about an inch of wire exposed. Some junction boxes have clamps so use them accordingly. Pull the wires through so the clamps cover the casing so no electrical wire strands are left exposed. At this point, you can twist the two wires together but be sure that you are connecting MATCHING colors. Ground wires are always black so connect accordingly. Last, use the right size wire nuts to secure the twisted wire ends so no wire is left exposed.
Sure, pretty straightforward, but very easy to get yourself in trouble if you do not plan accordingly. Again, if you are in Albany and in need of electrical help, give us a call. We would be happy to assist where we can.