Homeowners Who Do Their Own Electric Repairs in Potomac, MD

Some Potomac, MD homeowners like to do their own electric repairs. Electric repairs such as fixing a loose outlet or repairing an extension cord can be done by most homeowners who have done electric repairs before.

Sometimes an electrical outlet becomes loose and can create a safety hazard for your home in Potomac, MD. First, turn off the power and use a voltage tester to make sure that there is no power to the outlet you are working on. Once you know no power is on to the outlet, unscrew the cover and outlet. It could be that your outlet is recessed too deeply. If that is the case, you can add outlet shims, purchased from your local Potomac, MD home improvement store, until the outlet is flush with your wall. Then screw the outlet back into the box and replace your cover plate.

Extension cords are not cheap, so an electric repair can save you from buying a new one. If your extension cord is damaged near the plug, this electric repair is quite simple. Start with cutting off the old plug and then cut back the insultation to the jacket by making a lengthwise incision and score it until you can peel back the jacket. With a wire stripper, strip each of the wires and then twist each wire tightly. Screw the wires into the back of the plug, black wire to the gold screw, white wire to the silver screw, green wire to the green screw. Next, close the plug and secure the wires depending on the type of extension cord plug you have.

If the extension cord is cut in the middle, an electric repair would consist of cutting the cord in half and then add male and female ends to each half. This will turn your damaged extension cord into two new cords.

Most Potomac, MD homeowners are all for saving a few bucks, but some electric repairs require a licensed electrician. In that case, call the team at Pullin Electric, and they will be happy to come to your home in Potomac, MD, and help you with any needed electric repairs which you are unable to do yourself. When you hire a licensed electrician for your electric repairs at your home in Potomac, MD you put your family’s safety first.