How to Tie Off an Electrical Plug

Wire nuts cover bare wires and prevent shorts and electrical fires.
Wire nuts cover bare wires and prevent shorts and electrical fires. (Image: wire-nut image by Jim Mills from

If you have an inactive electrical outlet on your wall, you can close it off and place a blank plate over the wires. This would be more aesthetically pleasing and keep the power cables available should you wish to plug in a new lighting or fan fixture. Wire nuts can be used to cover and contain bare wires to prevent electrical fires and shorts.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire cutters
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Wire nuts
  • Pliers
  • Blank outlet plate
  • Voltage meter

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Shut off the breaker that controls the power running to the outlet. Check the outlet for power by holding your voltage meter near the plugs. If the meter does not detect voltage, you will be clear to work safely.

Use the flat-head screwdriver to remove the plate that surrounds the outlet. A plate typically is fastened with one screw at its center.

Cut all wires attached to the electrical plug.

Screw a wire nut to the end of each wire. The nut will thread itself into the soft copper of the electrical wire and will be securely attached.

Fold the group of wires back into the outlet opening.

Attach the new blank plate to the wall with the two Phillips screws provided.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use caution when working with electrical wires, as they can cause severe bodily harm. Always shut off the breaker to the circuit that you are working on.


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