How to Change an Electrical Cord Plug

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Over time, an electrical cord plug can get worn out from heat, or bent out from being pulled out of the wall. Many people would throw away the item with the damaged cord thinking that there was nothing more to be done with it. However, fixing an electrical cord plug is a fairly simple process that takes very little time and patience. Fixing the problem at home is a great alternative to paying someone to do the work.

Things You'll Need

  • Plug Wire cutters Screwdriver Knife Wire strippers
  • Buy a plug with the same amperage. These are found at any Home Depot or hardware store.

  • Cut the cord with your wire cutters about an inch from the broken plug.

  • Remove the screws on the plug you bought and pull off the back casing to expose the insides. Place the removed casing on your wires from the item you are changing the plug on, making sure that it is placed with the inside toward the cut end of your wire.

  • Slice the end of the wire you previously cut about 1 inch down, with a sharp knife, revealing the inside wires. Make sure to remove enough so that the inside wires will reach the appropriate connections.

  • Strip the three wires about half an inch, using wire strippers. After they are stripped, twist the wires to prevent fraying.

  • Place the three wires into the correct connection. White goes in silver terminal, black goes in gold terminal and green or bare ground goes into the green terminal. Tighten each screw that is on the three terminals. Tug slightly to ensure the wires are secure.

  • Examine the back casing. On the back casing there is one screw hole that has an indention on it. This is the bottom of the cord. There is also one screw where you placed the wires into on the plug that also has one indention, these two get screwed together. This insures that the plug gets screwed back together properly.

  • Slide the back casing on the plug in the correct placement and screw the casing and plug together. Secure the clamp to hold the wires. Test the finished product.

Tips & Warnings

  • When attaching the wires to the connections, if they are not done as specified in this article it can and will be extremely harmful and could cause a fire.

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