The majority of electrical outlets in homes are a standard 120-volt outlet type. It may be necessary on occasion to replace a worn or broken outlet. Fortunately for the homeowner, wiring a 120-volt outlet is a relatively simple process that can be done with only a screwdriver. Be sure to observe some simple safety precautions and the job will offer no difficulties.
Things You'll Need
- Pencil and paper
Turn off the power to the outlet at your circuit breaker box.
Remove the cover on the existing outlet by taking out the screw on the cover and pulling the cover off.
Loosen and remove the screw at the top and bottom of the outlet. Pull the outlet out of the wall as far as possible.
Loosen the screws on both sides of the outlet. Note which wires are attached to the screws. It may be useful to sketch out a diagram of the wiring on a piece of paper.
Slide the ends of the wire under the screw terminals on the sides of the new outlet. Tighten the screws to hold the wires in place.
Place the outlet into the wall box and attach it in place with screws at the top and bottom. Replace the cover.
Tips & Warnings
- Never work on live electrical outlets
- "Wiring 1-2-3"; The Home Depot; 2005
- "Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual: Completely Revised and Updated"; Editors of The Family Handyman; 2005
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