How to Change an Electrical Powerpoint

  • 11. outlet


It seems like everything we use at home requires an electrical power point. So when an outlet retires, we are devastated because it means we have to limit our use of electrical items. Luckily, it is fairly easy to change an electrical outlet. Just prepare the right tools and attired and abide to the instructions below.


  • New outlet
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Pencil or pen
  • Masking tape

Write down the rating of your outlet because it indicates the number of amps it can handle.

  1. Find the circuit breaker and turn off the power for the area where you will be working. Always start an electrical job by stopping the flow of electricity to prevent accidents.
  2. Loosen the screws that hold the cover of the old outlet in place. Place the pieces in a container so you know where to find them later.
  3. Double check the power supply before your move forward; ensure that there is no electricity coming to the outlet. It is better to be extra cautious. Try plugging an electrical item in to be certain. Take note that some rooms may be connected to more than one circuit.
  4. Loosen the screws that hold the outlet against the wall. Set these pieces aside. Remove the outlet.
  5. Inspect the outlet and wires. Make sure your replacement is correct. The wires should be either 12 gauge or 14 gauge. For a 12 gauge wire, the new outlet must have a rate of 20amps.
  6. Wrap a tape around each wire, forming a flag. Label the wires so you won’t be confused later on. The black is the live wire, the white is the neutral, and the green one is the ground wire. You may attach the ground wire to the box that houses the wires and outlets.
  7. Loosen the screws that hold the wires. Bend them if necessary using pliers. Form a half-loop around the screws of your new outlet. Link the screws to the outlet, paying close attention to the labels. Snip off excess wires. Remove the flags.
  8. Put the new outlet on its place and secure it with screws.
  9. Turn the breaker on and test your work. Plug something into the outlet and see if electricity comes out from it.

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