Hi! Give your electrician the day off and do some basic electrical work at your home yourself. This isn't very hard to do, the most important part is following the first three critical safety steps. Power in the house is very deadly so you want to be safe. The rest is easy. Please read on to learn how to Repair Fix Replace Electrical Socket Outlet Easy and Cheap
- Moderately Easy
- 1 Take two working functioning lamps with working bulbs and plug them into the outlet as show. Turn both lamps on and be sure the bulbs go on. I do this simply to be sure I know when the power is off on that outlet. Read on, it'll make more sense... If neither lamp goes on in the first place, read step 2 and the follow the step three advise of turning off all power in the house.
- 3 Turn off one switch at a time until both lamps go out. (Note: If you are replacing the outlet that isn't working and you aren't getting power in the lamps when you turn them on in step one, turn off all power in the house, by turning all switches on the board off. It is better to be safe than dead :-O
- 6 After removing the plate, there will be a screw above and below the electrical outlet. Remove those screws completely.
- 7 Pull out the outlet from the wall a couple inches. You'll see screws in both sides of the outlet and wires from the wall screwed into both sides of the outlet. Make a very clear note as to which wire is in each screw. Remember which wire goes to the top right screw, the bottom left screw, etc. I like to make a very clear note or diagram or even lightly applying masking tape in order to remember. Then unscrew the screws
- 10 Press the outlet back into the wall and screw the two screws above and below the outlet back in
- 11 Replace the electric outlet / socket plate
- 12 Plug a lamp into the outlet and turn the power back onto the room. Or if you needed to turn off the whole house, turn the whole house back on. Everything should go back on just fine
- 13Sit back and admire your work.