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Replacing a Receptacle Instructions

  • Replacing a Receptacle

    There are many reasons to replace a receptacle. For example, your current receptacle may not match the décor in your room or the color of your walls. Maybe it is old and unreliable. Either way, it is a relatively quick, inexpensive and simple project.

  • Overview

    As with any electrical project, start by turning off the circuit. Then you can safely remove the old receptacle. Install the new receptacle and switch plate. Finally, check your work to make sure the installation was successful.

  • Turn off Circuit

    Always shut off the circuit you are working on. Older houses have fuse boxes. Completely remove the fuse from the box to disable the circuit. To confirm that you have shut off the right circuit, use a circuit tester on the receptacle. If it glows, the circuit is still on. Try turning off a different circuit in the breaker box and retest.

  • Remove Old Receptacle

    First remove the receptacle plate to access the receptacle. Remove the 2 screws holding the receptacle in the workbox and pull it out of the box. Disconnect the old receptacle by loosening or removing the terminal screws. If you have 3 wires coming into the workbox, the receptacle is at the end of a series. If you have 6 wires, the receptacle is in the middle of a series. The other set of wires continue on to another receptacle.

  • Install New Receptacle

    Make sure the wires are bent in the shape of hooks to wrap around the new terminals. Wrap the hooked wires around the terminals in a clock-wise direction and tighten screws. To prevent the terminals from shorting out against the workbox, wrap electrical tape around the new receptacle, covering all terminals. Position the new receptacle in the workbox and tighten the two screws that hold it in place. Install the new receptacle plate.

  • Test Your Work

    To test your work, turn the circuit back on. Using a circuit tester, confirm that the new receptacle is working. If the receptacle is part of a series, test the other receptacles in the series to make sure all the connections on the new receptacle are correct.


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