Wires aren't supposed to be installed any closer than 1-1/4 in. from a penetrable surface (the outside of the drywall). That means you shouldn't be drilling holes right next to the drywall. But it's not always easy to control where a flex bit goes. A Bumper Ball flexible drill bit guide installed on the end of your flex bit will help maintain the proper space between the bit and the outside of the wall cavity. You can buy a set of two at electrical suppliers or at licensedelectrician.com.
Switch makers have built all kinds of cool features into modern “smart switches.” You can buy switches with occupancy sensors, timers and programmable dimmers. But the catch is that, unlike an ordinary switch, some of these new switches require a neutral to operate correctly. This is a problem if your old switch is wired as a “switch loop,” such that only a hot and a switched hot are available in the box.Before you shop for a new switch, remove your old one from the box—after making sure the pow
9 tips for easier home electrical wiring - even if you have years of wiring experience, there are always a few tricks you may not know. we worked with two master electricians with decades of experience between them to glean their tips, tricks and techniques. from straightening cable to labeling wires, these tips will help you wire better, faster and neater.