Do It Yourself Outlet Replacement

Few things can be worse then plugging something into the wall and then having no power. This will of course happen at the exact time when you are in a hurry and need to get something done, but there is little that you can do to take care of it. The issue is that outlets will go bad whenever they feel like it and most often they will not give any kind of warning before they do. You will simply go to use the outlet to find out that it no longer functions and leaves you stranded.

The do it yourself type person will have little or no trouble at all taking care of this very minor home repair issue. Many people are deathly afraid of working with electricity in any form but this fear is unfounded to say the least. While it is true that electricity can be inherently dangerous, if you use the proper precautions and safety measures then you have little or nothing to fear. Being informed is the most logical step that one should take when doing this kind of work.

An outlet is a very simple device by design. If you have the standard series then they are nothing more then two plugs and wires that run out of each side. The more complicated GFI outlets are also the most expensive. GFI, which stands for ground fault interrupter, is a device designed to prevent overload of the circuits and defend against a person being harmed. If there is a surge of power that is not being properly grounded then the GFI will trip which stops the flow of power in that direction. This effectively cuts all the power and stops the danger. These are very important in many homes as they can protect you and your loved ones from being shocked.

Changing a faulty outlet is nothing short of easy. The first step is obvious, turn off the power. Do this by going to the fuse box in your home and flipping the switch for the proper room. Now that you have taken care of that step you need to remove the outlet cover by removing the center screw.

Once the cover is off remove the mounting screws from the top and the bottom of the outlet. With those screws out the outlet will pull out and you can access the wires. On either side there will be a white, black and copper colored wire. There may be some on both sides depending if the outlet is part of a network or not.

Pay close attention to where the wires are attached and then remove them. Reattach the wires to the new outlet and then remount the entire unit.

Turn on the power and try the outlet. You’re done! Easy as that.

WARNING: Before working with any type of electrical project, please be sure to completely shut off the breakers and any other electrical currents that run through the area that you are working on. Also, be sure to follow all instructions on packaging for parts that you are using to prevent injury. If you are unsure of a project, or do not feel comfortable handling it on your own, please call a professional electrician to complete the job for you.

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