Electrical How To & DIY
Improve the value of your home by discovering our electrical step-by-step tips & ideas.
Ask This Old House master electrician Heath Eastman explains the uses and purposes of different types of electrical boxes.
In this video, electrician Scott Carson walks you through how to add an electrical outlet without damaging your walls.
Heath Eastman demonstrates how to install landscape lighting along a garden path. Adding landscape lighting to a walkway or path can improve the look and experience of the area.
Can you mount a TV on a brick wall? Absolutely. But mounting a TV on brick does take more preparation, knowledge, and tools than installing one on drywall. This guide will show you how to hang a TV on a brick wall so you can make the most of your wall space and elevate your entertainment.
Ask This Old House electrician Scott Caron demonstrates how fuses and circuit breakers protect a home.
Ask This Old House Master Electrician Heath Eastman upgrades a standard receptacle to one that has USB inputs as part of This Old House: Live—an initiative providing daily programming and opportunities to connect with our experts during these challenging times.
As a DIYer, you know there are plenty of tasks around the house that are too small to justify calling in the pros. Stripping wire may fall into this category. Read on to learn simple and safe ways for stripping electrical wires in your home.
Doorbell not working? Here’s a step-by-step guide showing you how to repair it.
In this DIY Smarts, This Old House Master Electrician Heath Eastman helps a homeowner safely install a variety of Christmas lights.
Add a wireless light switch to an existing circuit by following the steps in this how-to video.
Master electrician Scott Caron demonstrates the two parts of replacing an antiquated electrical system in our video series below.
Do you have an electrical issue you’re looking to fix? Read our guide to learn some common electrical problems you might face, and the best solutions for each.
You can replace an antique light switch without updating the look. Master Electrician, Heath Eastman tells you how.
Read these 4 easy steps to help you rewire and replace your extension cord.
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to snake wires through walls for a pair of outdoor speakers
At the TOH 2018 Idea House, electrician Ben Giles shows Kevin O’Connor the innovative and intuitive new load center from Leviton
Pay it forward to your house’s future residents (and your current electrician) by ensuring that your breaker panel’s labels are legible, accurate, and easy to interpret, using…
You remember to change the batteries in your smoke/CO detectors. You have guards on your windows. There’s a high-tech security alarm at your door. The safety of your home and its occupants is always top of mind. But when was the last time you thought about the safety of your electrical system? Read on to find out when it may be time to conduct an electrical audit of your home, and how to go about it.
Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner wire her new basement that she’s in the process of turning into finished space
Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey learns how to add storage to an existing photovoltaic array.
Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron visits Alaska to install a portable generator with a manual transfer switch to power hardwired appliances like a well pump and heating system using unleaded gasoline
Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron explains the differences between wire nuts of various sizes and colors.
Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron looks at a three-way switch issue and fixes the problem.
Expand your DIY repertoire and save money by making bathroom, kitchen, and outdoor repairs yourself.
Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron uses crown molding to conceal wiring and bring more electrical outlets to a bedroom
Scott Caron, master electrician for Ask This Old House, explains how two tools are all it takes to do many electrical projects
Scott Caron, master electrician for Ask This Old House, installs LED track lights and LED track lights with Bluetooth speaker technology to brighten up a loft bedroom
Ask This Old House host Kevin O'Connor helps a homeowner fix a faulty three-way switch