Turn off any power that may be running to the electrical wires that will be connected together. Turn the power off at the main circuit box.
Touch each wire with the electrical test probe to double check that the power is turned off to the wiring. If no lights light up or sound emits from the probe, then the wiring is safe to work on.
Cut about one inch of wire off each end of the two wires to be connected together to ensure the wires are clean and fresh cut. Strip off 1/2-inch of insulation off each end of the two wires.
Twist each end of the wires together, using the lineman's pliers. Twist the wires in a clockwise direction, and until the ends are tightly wrapped around each other.
Twist on a large wire nut onto the end of each twisted wire. Twisting/screw the wire nuts on in a clockwise direction.
Wrap tape around the wire nut, starting at the top and working your way down and covering the wire about an inch below the nut, to further seal the connection.
Things You Will Need
- Electrical test probe
- Wire cutters/strippers
- Lineman's pliers
- Box of large wire nuts
- Black electrical tape
- Lineman's pliers can be purchased at your local hardware store.