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Because of the Coronavirus outbreak, people are spending more time at home. Staying busy is not only encouraged, but it is also important in maintaining a routine and staying healthy. Many people are developing new hobbies or tackling long put-off DIY Projects.

While some projects might be best left to the experts, there are few rules and tips you should follow before beginning your own home improvements.

Know Your Circuit Breaker

Before you begin a project involving electric work–or even just as good home maintenance–clearly label each switch in your circuit breaker. If you don’t have someone to help you with this, use a radio or a lamp to help you identify when each outlet is on or off.

Hide or Camouflage Wires Like A Pro

Hiding the wires that power your newest tech toys is sometimes tough. Many homeowners decide to disguise wires by running them along a door or baseboard. To better hold them in place, use strips of plastic cut from an old pop bottle or trimmed bobby pins to hold wires in place. If you don’t have a direct path to run wires, create a simple cover with a few pieces of wood and paint it to match your walls.

Know Your Wattage

It’s important to have the right wattage bulb for the right lamp or light fixture. How do you know what kind of bulb you need? Many setups list the desired wattage on the socket or inside the can of a recessed light fixture. Some ceiling light covers will include a sticker on the cover that will tell you the light bulb wattage. Lastly, check the installation instructions of your light fixture or lamp. If you still cannot find the wattage or your light fixture is an antique, stick with a CFL or 60-watt bulb to avoid the risk of fire.

Don’t Overload an Outlet

Overloaded outlets also cause fires, so even if you’re working on a project and temporarily plugging in a few more appliances or tools, be sure you’re using them safely. The number of things you can plug in at once depends on your specific setup. It will likely vary from home to home. You can do the math to find your specific volt, amp, and wattage use. Otherwise, look for warning signs, like tripping breakers, dimming lights, or buzzing outlets. 

While these might seem like simple tips for light electrical work at home, the general rule of thumb is safety first. If you are uncomfortable working on an electric upgrade or improvement by yourself, call the experts at Nies Electric. We can help you repair what you were trying to repair.