Try these Electrical Solutions Before Calling an Electrician

Before starting any electrical work in your home/office, make sure to turn off the power to the part of the building you’ll be working in.

#1 Fix a Flickering Fluorescent Light

If you have flickering fluorescent light in your home or office, try this tip before calling an electrician. All you have to do is change the starter. The starter is located on the lamp frame. They are easy to install and remove – you just have to twist the starter in and out. The flickering could also be caused by a bad light bulb, but the starter is less expensive than changing the bulb. So, I would recommend starting with the starter and then going on to change the light bulb if the problem isn’t remedied. It won’t ever hurt to have a new starter on your fixture, and if the starter is the true problem you won’t have to fork over your money on an expensive light bulb.

Fluorescent Light / Ballast Diagram

Note: Ballasts that were manufactured in the last decade are made to light the lamp without starters so you won’t find starters in a newer building/home. In that case go straight for a new light bulb.

 

#2 Fix Bad TV Reception

If you’re getting a bad reception from your basic cable it could be because your coaxial cables have become corroded. To fix this you just need to put a new end on your cables. This is a job that one could do on his/her own, but it might be a good idea to get assistance or advice from an residential electrician Springfield MO before doing too much work in order to prevent doing damage to your cables.

For this job you’ll need a cutting tool, a coax stripping tool, and a compression tool. Start by clipping off the old cable ends with a cable cutter. It’s a good idea to take the ends with you to the store to make sure you get the right end for your cables. After removing the ends and getting your replacements, it’s time to strip the cables. Place the cable in the outermost hole of your stripping tool and twist the tool around two or three times to cut through the cable, but be careful not to cut too much. You’re aiming just to cut the cable and not damage the sheathing or conductor. Next, remove the cable from the tool and pull off cut cable to expose about ¼ inch of the copper conductor.

Wire Stripper

Now you will place the cable back into the stripper tool, in the second hole – this should place it beneath the copper conductor that you have just exposed. After twisting the tool around two or three times, remove the cable from the tool to expose ¼ inch of braided sheathing. Fold the braided sheath back onto the outer jacket. Make sure that no foil or any of the tiny braided wires are making contact with the center conductor. Now press the connector onto the cable end you have stripped. Then slip the connector into the compression tool and squeeze the handle until the compression sleeve is firmly in place.

Compression Tool

Although these are examples of jobs that one can do on his/her own, it’s always a good idea to ask an electrician for help before starting any project so please feel free to give us a call at 417-831-8039 if you’re wary of doing it yourself.