3 Electrical DIY Projects You Don't Need an Electrician For

by Renee Marie Jordan 05/15/2022

Loose outlets, overloaded circuits and other problems can raise the risk of fires and electric shock. While you should call an electrician for major electrical issues, you can do simple ones on your own. Here are a few DIY electrical repairs you can handle on your own.

Loose Outlets

Outlets can become loose over time, resulting in loose wires. To tighten a loose outlet, first turn off power to it. Test the outlet with a voltage tester to ensure it has no power. Take the outlet cover off, and unscrew the outlet. Adding outlet shims to the screws helps ensure the outlet isn't set back too deeply. After adding the shims, screw the outlet back in place and put the outlet cover back on.

Light Switch Cover Replacements

Whether you have a cracked light switch cover or just want to replace old covers, you can easily do this on your own. Be sure to turn off the power to avoid electrical shock.

When the power is off, remove the current switch plate. Place the new light switch cover on, and screw in the screws about halfway. Make sure the cover is in the right position, then finish tightening the screws.

Circuit Breaker Problems

When you have a tripped circuit breaker, this can happen for different reasons. An overloaded circuit is one of the more common reasons circuit breakers trip and shut off power to a certain area of your home or certain appliances.

When you have a tripped circuit breaker, move the breaker switch to the off position, then switch it to the on position. This resets the circuit breaker, but you might continue to have tripped breakers if a circuit is overloaded. Plug in and turn on appliances and devices one by one to determine what might be causing the overload. Have fewer items on the affected circuit to reduce the risk of an overload, and call an electrician if you continue to have circuit breaker problems.

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Renee Marie Jordan

Renee Marie Jordan is a Third Generation Realtor®, who started out her career in residential lending. Jordan Real Estate was established by her grandmother, Jean Kotwitz, who was one of the first female real estate brokers in Solano County! The company was then passed down to her mother, Diane Jordan, over 40 years ago. Renee Marie then took over the company 24 years ago and in 2015 joined forces with RE/MAX Gold.   

Regarded as one of Northern California’s most dependable brokers, Renee Marie has gained industry respect for creating a successful brokerage company. Renee Marie’s unique blend of negotiating expertise, innovative thinking and belief that the client always comes first, has resulted in an extensive client base with many satisfied homeowners. Renee Marie specializes in residential sales, first time buyers, short sale properties, luxury properties, investment properties, foreclosures, 1031 exchanges, and has been the HUD specialist for Solano County since 2009.   

Renee Marie gets to the heart of her clients wants and needs. She attributes a great deal of her success to the many referrals she receives from clients who appreciate the care and thoughtfulness she puts into every transaction. Friends and family members can count on the same excellent service when they are referred to Renee Marie.