Replace an outlet

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Level of difficulty: Easy
Estimated time taken: 15 minutes
Tools required:

  • Flat head and Phillips screwdriver
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Electrical tester
  • New outlet

Step 1:Turn the power off from the breaker

Step 2:Remove face plate

  1. Using a flat head screwdriver, unscrew the screw in the middle of the outlet.
  2. Pull face plate off.

Step 3: Test the electricity

  1. Using your electrical tester, test the outlet to ensure that you flipped the correct breaker and no electricity is coming to the wire.

Step 4:Remove outlet

  1. Undo two screws both above and below the outlet.
  2. Slowly pull out the outlet but do not pull too far out as it still has the wires connected to it.
  3. There should be two black wires, two white wires, and one bare copper wire.
  4. Undo the screws holding these wires on just enough that the wires come free.
  5. Discard your old outlet.

Step 4:Attach new outlet

  1. Remove break off tab
  2. Attach the wires to the new switch the same way and in the same places that they were in on the old switch.
  3. Ensure the wires are in the same hook shape as when you took them off. If not, use your needle nose pliers to correct this.
  4. The black wires go on the right connectors, the white wires on the left. Double check with your outlet packaging to double check.
  5. The bare copper wire attaches to the lone connector on the bottom side of the outle with a green screw.
  6. Tighten the securing screws and make sure the wires have snug connections.
  7. Align the outlet with the holes on the wall and put the screws in and tighten.
  8. Attach your face plate and you are done.
  9. Don't forget to turn the power back on from your breaker

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