How to Ground Electrical Sockets

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In electrical repairs, grounding electrical sockets is as simple as connecting wires to the plug. Ground electrical sockets with tips from a certified HVAC tech and plumber in this free video on electrical repairs.

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I'm James with JNC Home Repair. Today I'm going to show you how to change, or actually ground an electrical plug. O.k., basically you've got your electrical plug here, this is what it looks like when it comes out of the wall, and you're actually going to pull it out. The brass wires, I mean the brass screws I mean, are actually the "hot" side, the chrome screws are the "neutral" side and you'll actually see a green screw here which is for "ground". The best way I can always remember it is, you know, "GR" is for "ground" and "GR" is for "green". I think that's the reason why they have the green screw, so you don't get mixed up and put it in the wrong place. O.k., but it's as simple as just connecting the wires to the plug. This is what your wire will look like when it comes out of the wall after you've disconnected it from your old plug. O.k., this'll just be hanging out of the wall just like so, all you do is just hook it on there. Hook it on the green screw, just like so, you'll see there's a little tab right there to keep this wire from bending and touching anything else inside the box. So what you do is you put it just like so, you kind of bend it in place so it's sitting in there real tight, there's none of it hanging out, there's not a big old long piece of it sticking out here. It's in there real nice and tight and you hold it in place, take you a Phillips Head screwdriver, tighten it down, make sure it stays down in there and you don't want it to slip up over the head of the screw and work its way loose. You want to make sure you're pulling on it and keeping it down in place while you're tightening it. Once you get it nice and tight, it's going to look just like so. After, after you've got your "ground" and your "hot" and your "neutral" you're ready to put the plug back in the wall and put your trim plate back on, and if you have any more questions concerning this topic you can notify me at: jnchomerepair.com.

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