How to Install an Outside Outlet Cover

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It's convenient to have electrical outlets outside the house for garden tools and entertainment devices. Outside outlets are typically connected to a GFCI circuit that will shut off the flow of power if moisture gets into the appliance in use or the electrical wiring, but the sockets are exposed to moisture from weather without weatherproof outlet covers. An outlet cover for outdoor use has two spring hinged covers over the sockets that are insulated with foam rubber weather stripping.

  • Shut off the breaker switch to cut power to the circuits that include all outdoor electrical outlets being upgraded. The job does not include working on electrical wiring, but the wires and contacts may be exposed under the outlet cover plates.

  • Loosen the holding screw on the current non-protective outlet covers with a slotted screwdriver. Remove the cover plates.

  • Put the new weather protective outlet covers on over the outlets. Open the spring hinged doors that cover the sockets to expose the hole for the holding screw. Put the holding screw into the hole and tighten securely.

Tips & Warnings

  • Install foam rubber gaskets inside any outdoor electrical outlets that do not have them under the cover plates. These rubber gaskets surround the sockets and fill the front openings of receptacle boxes to keep moisture away from the terminals and electrical wiring.

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