Removing Light Fixtures When Painting a Room
What to do about Light Fixtures and Electrical Wiring While Painting a Room.
Keeping Electrical Wires Safe While Painting
Electrical Question: I have removed a ceiling fan from the ceiling to prepare the room for painting.
- I have turned off the circuit break that applies power to the room and removed the ceiling fan, and the lights, but I need power for some tools so need the electrical outlets hot.
- Since the ceiling fan is out and the wires are hanging would it be advisable to turn the circuit breaker back on to get power to the outlets while leaving the ceiling fan wiring hanging?
This electrical question came from: Tom, from Moore, Oklahoma.
Dave The Electrician’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Tom.
Light Fixtures and Wiring While Painting a Room
Application: Ceiling Fan and Light Fixture Wiring.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Tools Required: Basic Hand Tools and Safe Ladder.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal experience, the light fixture and access to the light fixture.
Precaution: Identify the light fixture circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
- I can appreciate your concern for safety and your need for electrical power while painting the room.
- Identify the wiring when removing light fixtures or ceiling fan so you know where each wire made its connection.
- Place wire connectors or electrical tape over the ends of the insulated wires to cover the bare wire.
- Gently fold the wires into the ceiling fixture boxes to keep the wires out of the way at avoid being painted and to avoid contact with painting tools.
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How to Install Ceiling Fans and Wiring
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Electrical Wiring Tools
A listing of the electrical tools I use on most all of my electrical jobs and projects.
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all Electric Wiring Projects.
The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wires!The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.
The Quickest Way to Check for Faulty Electrical Wiring!The Plug-In Outlet Tester
This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
It detects probable improper wiring conditions in standard 110-125 VAC outlets Provides 6 probable wiring conditions that are quick and easy to read for ultimate efficiency Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included Tests standard 3-wire outlets UL Listed Light indicates if wiring is incorrect Very handy and easy to use.
Strip Off Wire Insulation without Nicking and Damaging the Electric Wire!The Wire Stripper and Wire Cutter
My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
This handy tool has multiple uses:
The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..
The wire stripper will work on both solid and stranded wire. This tool is Very Handy and Easy to Use.
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