Yet another way to reduce labor costs on a project is to install the electrical and plumbing fixtures. With good instructions, most people can learn to install a faucet, showerhead, outlet box or switch. Even most light fixtures and ceiling fans are manageable for most people who take the time to read the instructions. Many people also learn to install toilets, tubs, sinks and showers. If it is worth your time and money or if you just want to do the work yourself, a class at a building supply store might be all you need. There are a number of good "how-to" books on electrical work and plumbing, and you can find help on our website at If you have young children in the home, be sure to keep them away from electrical wires and place covers on electrical outlets that are within their reach when installed and connected.


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