Although some municipalities prohibit general contractors from doing electrical work, in other locations it's perfectly legal for remodelers and handyman types to wire a kitchen, run a new circuit, or swap a fixture. And while some contractors are just fine leaving those jobs to an electrician, others can handle basic wiring with confidence and skill. If you count yourself among the latter group, check out this collection of tools and products designed to make electrical work easier. Even if you aren't likely to use the devices yourself, it doesn't hurt to know what to suggest when your electrician's in the dark.
Swapping a standard overhead light for a ceiling fan with a light kit is a pretty common upgrade. However, unless there's a three-conductor cable running to the ceiling box, your customer will have to use the fixture's pull chains to control the light and the fan separately. You can remedy that inconvenience with a Maestro switch from Lutron....
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