My sister is a new home owner and with it comes a lot of handy man projects that she and her husband have to figure out. So I was called in to teach them how to install a new chandelier in the dining room. As part of it I decided to put together a little kit for them to handle all the basic needs of a DIY homeowner when it comes to basic electrical work.
Things like changing lights, adding a fan, swapping a switch of plug all are done very easily and most people can figure out how to do it safely and successfully with a few basic tools and a little know-how.
Here’s What I Put In The Kit
First is the tools of the trade. A good set of wire pliers and a box cutter. I used to think it was silly to have a set of pliers just for wiring, but when I had to wire my own house I got a pair. It was there I realized the value of these very specialized set of features. I’ll often strip wires with the pliers themselves, but sometimes a good ole box cutter is needed. The pliers ran me $15 (get yours here) and the box cutter was $5 (found here)
Next was electrical tape, I don’t skimp here and I always buy name brand. Nothing special, but a must have supply to have on hand for any electrical work. You can get them here
Next were wire nuts. Often lights and fans come with some, but if you ever need to redo the connection, it’s best practice to use a fresh wire nut. These are pretty basic, but I found a good deal on them here
Zip ties are just one of those things that you can’t have enough and they are amazing useful. I just buy them in packs for cheap here
Finally I included a small bit of 14 gauge wire which is good for low power draw items and things up to 15 amps. For 20 amps I’d go a bigger wire, but for most uses this is fine. Having some extra is great when you need to make a pig tail or extend a wire because you had to cut it kinda short and need some working room.
Finally I packed it up in a nice box for them as their gift.
If you want to learn more about doing your own electrical for your tiny house or even a big house, check out our guide to electrical, click here.