How to Deal with Electrical Wires That Are Too Short

Tips on How to Fix Small Issues with Electrical Box Wires without the Help of a Residential Electrician

When you need to repair or replace your home electrical installation, you should make sure you can do the job properly. If you have never done this before, you will soon find out after you start working on your project that a little help from a residential electrician won’t hurt you. Today, an expert technician from our team will provide you with some tips on how to deal with short wires in an electrical box. Read this post to its very end if you want to learn how to do it yourself!

Electric boxTip 1. Before you start any electrical work, make sure that the circuit breaker is switched off by using a volt sniffer to make sure the voltage is disconnected.
Tip 2. Sometimes you can have a situation where there is not enough slack inside the electrical box. You should have at least 6 inches of wire to work with in order to use a traditional wire nut. In this case, you can place in some jumper wires and use push-in style connectors. You can find them in any home center store.
Tip 3. Next, you can cut off the old loops and strip off half an inch of insulation. If there is not enough wire left to do that, then straighten out the old loops.
Tip 4. Prepare 3 six-inch jumpers. Then grab the old wire and push the bare end to the push-in connector. Next, jam in the jumper wire. Do this for all three wires. The spring clips inside the connectors hold the wires in place.
Tip 5. Once you have made all the connections, push the connectors towards the back of the box and hook up the new switch or outlet.

If you are changing a receptacle or a wire of a light switch, you may also take advantage of the tips we have listed here. If, however, you believe that this job should be done by a professional residential electrician, you can always book an appointment with Walford Local Residential Electrical Repairs of Brooklyn NY at (718) 221-5582! We promise to help you fix any electrical system issue you have.