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    Electrical 101

    Other than installing new light fixtures I've never really done any electrical work to speak of. Currently I have a light in my garage that works on a chain which I want to put on a switch. Is this fairly straight forward? What is needed?

    I assume I would want to be standing in a bucket of water while rewiring.......

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    Turn power off using the breaker for the area you are working on. Wire cutters/strippers and some wire nuts is probably all you need besides the actual tools to do it. Most light fixtures come with instructions. Probably 2-3 wires. Its easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unreal
    Turn power off using the breaker for the area you are working on. Wire cutters/strippers and some wire nuts is probably all you need besides the actual tools to do it. Most light fixtures come with instructions. Probably 2-3 wires. Its easy.
    The fixture that is up will be staying. Do I simply need to connect a new wire to the new switch and run it to the light?

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    I can tell you how to wire a 3 pronged extension cord to a hps security light for indoor use, that's about it If you go to home depot to get it just ask someone, I'm sure it's pretty easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HahnB
    I can tell you how to wire a 3 pronged extension cord to a hps security light for indoor use, that's about it If you go to home depot to get it just ask someone, I'm sure it's pretty easy.
    Yep, and forget about asking him for stereo instructions! LOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HahnB
    If you go to home depot to get it just ask someone, I'm sure it's pretty easy.
    I can do it. And they can help!

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    Tanks mang!

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    Um, do you have a switch in place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MixmasterNash
    Um, do you have a switch in place?
    No. I need to install one then rewire.....

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    I'm sure they have remote control devices at home depot. I put one in my ceiling fan at home, rather than messing with running wire. cheap and easy.

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    Running wire, installing a new box, etc. is usually a huge pain in the ass. Is your garage finished?

    I'd go with the remote in most cases, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ectx
    Yep, and forget about asking him for stereo instructions! LOL.
    lol, at least I have more of a clue than I did a year ago. I just wished my speakers were smaller.
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    Thanks for the replies! My garage isn't finished but I'll look into the remote option.

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