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Garage Electrical Wiring Upgrades


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Upgrade Garage Electrical Wiring for Outlets and Switches: Electrical Question: When we replaced a 2 pole switch in the garage from very old wiring, the white wires are now hot. Also the outlet boxes and lights register that they have power in them but they do not work.

Upgrading Old Wiring for a Garage

Electrical Question: When we replaced a 2 pole switch in the garage from very old wiring, the white wires are now hot. Also the outlet boxes and lights register that they have power in them but they do not work.

This electrical question came from: Peter, a Homeowner from MN.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Peter.

Garage Electrical Wiring for Outlets Switches

Application: Replacing Light Switches.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best installed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with tools.
Precaution: Identify the light circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional fixture wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
Materials: Make sure the replacement light switch has the same amperage and voltage rating as the original switch, and is fully compatible with the electrical circuit, the light fixture and the type of light bulbs being used.

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