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How To Easily Change An Electrical Outlet

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If you need to change an electrical outlet in your house, it is actually a really easy process that only requires a few supplies and a little bit of free time. Follow the directions below and learn how to change an electrical outlet. 

Safety First

The first thing you need to do is go to your electrical panel and turn off the breaker that the circuit you will be working on is connected to. For example, if you are changing out the electrical outlet in the living room, you'll want to put the breaker in the off position that is labeled "living room." 

Then, you'll want to check and make sure that you turned off the right breaker by using a voltage tester. You put the voltage tester into your electrical outlet and it will show you if there is still current flowing through it or not.

If there is still current flowing to it, check and make sure that you turned off the right breaker.

Remove The Face Plate

Use a screwdriver to remove the two screws that are holding the plate in place over your electrical outlet. Set these screws aside, and set aside the face plate. 

Disconnect The Receptacle & Detach The Wires

Once you remove the faceplate, you will see two more screws in place at the top and bottom that are holding the receptacle to the electrical box in the wall. Set the screws aside and then pull out the switch. Take a picture of how the wires are attached to the electrical outlet. 

Then, remove the wires from the electrical outlet. You may need to use a set of pliers for this step. 

Connect The New Outlet

Take the wires and attach them to the new electrical outlet. You'll want to reattach them the same way they were before. Use the picture that you took as a reference.

Then, take the receptacle and push it back into the wall. Use the screws to secure it in place. Next, put the face plate back on. If you changed the electrical outlet with a new configuration, you may need to put on a new faceplate. 

Go to your electrical box and switch the breaker back on. Use your voltage tester to make sure that everything is working correctly. You can use these steps any time you want to change an electrical outlet in your house. 

For help from an electrician, click on this link http://www.nicholaselectric.com or do an online search. 

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15 January 2016