Troubleshooting Electrical Problems

After we moved into a house that seemed to have a lot of electrical problems, I had to learn how to troubleshoot things and fast. I learned how to flip the switch on my circuit breaker, deal with tripped GFCI outlets, and even how to rewire an outlet with the power off. It was a lot of work, but I was able to save a lot of money on professional services. However, after trying in vain to fix my circuit breaker on my own, I realized that I needed some help from an expert. A professional came out, took apart my panel and fixed everything. This blog is all about troubleshooting electrical issues and when to call a pro.

Safely Close Off A Wall Sconce Yourself With These Steps


When you want to make a significant change to the lighting situation in your home, it's a good idea to hire a licensed electrician to handle the work for you. For example, if you no longer want a wall sconce and instead want track lighting hanging from the ceiling, this isn't a task for the novice. However, as much as the electrician should handle installing the ceiling lighting, you can take care of closing off the wall sconce. This process is simple, but should only be attempted if you're comfortable with each step; otherwise, ask your electrician to do it. Here's how to proceed.

Remove The Wall Sconce

Begin this project by shutting off the power to the room; an effective way to make sure you've done so is to turn on the wall sconce and confirm it has turned off once you've flipped the correct circuit breaker. Then, use a screwdriver to remove the wall sconce from the wall bracket, as well as any other tools that specifically relate to the design of the sconce. Pull the sconce out toward you until the wires are exposed, and then use a screwdriver to loosen the terminals and pull off the wires. Typically, there will be three wires that require removal.

Deal With The Wires

Once you've set the wall sconce aside, you'll be looking at three wires in a metal box that is fastened to a wall stud. Dealing with the wires is simple — place a twist-on wire connector on the end of each wire, screwing the small plastic device down until it's tight and will tighten no more. Give a gentle tug to each of the connectors to make sure that they stay in place, and then gently bend the wires and tuck them safely inside the metal electrical box.

Close The Hole

There are a number of different methods that you can use to close the hole, including cutting a piece of drywall to size and screwing it to the stud. The simplest method, provided that the hole isn't too large, is to use a drywall patch kit. This kit includes a thin piece of screen that you place over the hole, and then tape in place with drywall tape and cover with drywall compound. As with any drywall job, you then allow the compound to dry, sand it smooth and then paint the area to match the surrounding wall. If you run into any issues with this project, leave the power to the area turned off and call an electrician like Central Heating and Cooling.


7 August 2016