As a man, nothing can win you more brownie points with your partner than doing some house repairs at home. As you work to fix up the home and make it a better place for your partner to live in, you’re sending a clear message that you can be reliable upon to get the job done.
Here are two of the easy and DIY electrical repairs that you can do at home:
Change a Light Socket
If your light bulbs don’t work anymore, it might be time to replace the light socket. Before you go and replace your light socket, make sure that the bulb isn’t the issue. Test the light bulb first by using it in another light fixture. Once you have established that you really need to change the socket, check for power. Unplug or turn off the power before using a non-contact voltage tester to check whether the device has power. The tester should touch the contact point – the area in the center and bottom of the socket. For a three-way socket, it could be the small tab to the side while fluorescent tube fixture, you can find it at the lamp holders located on each of the tubes. If there’s no power, it is time to replace the socket.
Before changing the light socket, you should first determine the circuitry of the light socket. Then, turn it off from the panel board. Simply turning off the switch is unsafe, as someone might turn it on accidentally not knowing you are working on the electricals. Once you are on the clear, unscrew the receptacle from where it is mounted. Detach the wires and install the new light socket.
If you see any problems with the wiring, it is highly advisable to contact a licensed electrician to help you out.
Repair Broken Christmas Lights
Now that the holiday season is upon us, you might want to make your partner happy by going through your Christmas lights you want to put up before everything gets crazy. Your woman will appreciate you taking the time to fix those string of lights instead of throwing them away and buying new ones.
To repair Christmas lights, you will need a circuit tester, Christmas bulb tester, replacement cartridge fuses and light bulbs, and a light repair tool. When you have everything you need, it is time to get to work.
First, make sure the circuit has power. Often, the problem with Christmas lights is not the light but the source of power. When testing the lights, make sure you are plugging it into a socket or outlet that has power. Check the main service panel to see if the circuit breaker is ON, reset if necessary. Use can use the circuit tester to check it has power.
Next, check the fuse of the Christmas lights. Some modern string of light sets has a small cartridge fuse box near the plug. Open the box and check if the fuse. If there’s a break on the metal filament, it could be busted. If it is, replace it with a fuse with the same size and rating.
Afterward, check the light bulbs. Some bulbs may be loose, press them firmly back in place to restore its function. Other Christmas lights will not work if one of the light bulbs is bad or busted, particularly for older models that use a series circuit. Checking for individual light bulbs can be time-consuming, so it’s best to use a Christmas light bulb tester.
Doing simple things to help your woman around the house will surely improve your masculinity rating. Nothing beats a man who knows a thing or two to impress their women. Besides, it helps to know these little things instead of having someone do it for you.