John and I are back from MetroCon (which went SO much better, stay tuned for photos!) with another home remodeling video, this time on how to replace your old wall plugs and light switches. Whether you're doing this purely for looks or because you have some wonky outlets that don't always connect right, this is an easy upgrade for older houses.
Note I'm not changing any wiring around in this video; I'm only swapping out old plugs and switches for new ones. If you need to add or move anything, call in a professional. But if you're like me and are just looking to swap them out, then here's how:
Safety PSA: Be sure you have that voltage detector on hand to verify there is no power in the wires before you touch anything. This is very important, gang. Especially in older homes, where the breaker box alone should not be trusted. Always double check with a tester! You can grab one at any hardware store for around $10.
Edited To Add: Someone asked about those metal side tabs on the wall plugs: those connect the top and bottom of the outlet, making them one circuit. If the tabs are broken then there are two circuits happening. Regardless, just make your new plug match the old, and you'll be fine. (John tells me in some funky situations only one of the two tabs is broken - again, just make it match. Assuming your old plug worked correctly, then so will the new one.)
Our remodel is humming along, and I hope to have a walk-through update soon, along with a quick look at how John and I did the drywall - from studs to texture - all by ourselves. It was extra work not hiring anyone, but we saved ourselves over a thousand dollars. And I gotta say, it looks good! Like, almost professional good! It's so satisfying tackling something we said we'd never try again, and realizing it wasn't quite as scary as we thought.
I've been watching your feedback, and I'm hoping to shoot the following videos going forward. Tell me what I'm missing, k?
- How to paint trim next to carpet/paint trim in general
- How to install laminate flooring
- How to replace sink faucets & toilets
- How to replace a chandelier/ceiling light fixture
- How to patch a hole in drywall
- How to install new interior doors (This one's especially difficult, so I still have to convince John you guys are up for it, ha.)
And finally, though I'm not sure how we'll film it - maybe just a talking heads/podcast style? - we've been asked about how to budget and plan a whole house renovation. This would include a full price breakdown of what we've spent and where we shop to get the best deals, how we prioritize, and when to hire a professional versus trying to DIY. I'm pretty excited about this one, just have to figure out how to keep it interesting and as brief as possible, since I know I tend to talk a LOT in these videos.
Stay tuned for more convention photos, and a report from MetroCon!