Many homeowners who think nothing of tackling painting, carpentry and plumbing projects turn timid when it comes to electrical work.
The plastic-encased, three-wire cable, better known by the trade name Romex, costs about $10 for a 25-foot roll.
Bore 5/8-inch-diameter holes in the attic floor joists and thread the cable through the holes, up the house wall, and out the hole at the floodlight location.
The best location is directly above an existing wall outlet near the door that leads outside.
Pull the wall outlet from its box but don't disconnect it (the power should be off now).
But that doesn't mean there aren't electrical projects you can handle.
All you need is an understanding of how the electrical code applies to your project and some instruction on making proper wire connections.Now go downstairs and pull a piece of new cable from the existing wall outlet up to the new switch hole.Attach the two black (hot) wires to the switch, as illustrated, and then join the two white (neutral) wires with a twist-on connector.Finally, if you have any questions or concerns, always consult with a licensed electrician or building inspector before you proceed.Electrical work isn't difficult, but the consequences for not doing it right can be serious.Slip the greenie over the long wire and twist together the two bare wires.