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How to Repair Fix Replace Electrical Socket Outlet Easy and Cheap

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Repair Fix Replace Electrical Socket Outlet Easy and Cheap

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


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      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.
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      Go to your breaker board (that panel with all the switches on it, probably located in your closet or basement). The one shown is very, very small. Yours may have many more switches.
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      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
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      Once you are absolutely sure there is no power going to the outlet / socket. Turn off the switch in the room that also turns the outlet off as an extra precaution. Remove the lamp plugs. Then unscrew the electrical outlet plate.
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      Remove the plate
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      After removing the plate, there will be a screw above and below the electrical outlet. Remove those screws completely.
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      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
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      Either unscrew the screw all the way, or if you can unscrew it part way and remove the wire, that is even better. Do this for both sides of the outlet.
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      Now, just do everything in reverse. Screw the wires sticking out of the wall into the new outlet. Be sure to use your notes and get all of the wires into the same screw positions on the new outlet / socket as they were on the old one.
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      Press the outlet back into the wall and screw the two screws above and below the outlet back in
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      Replace the electric outlet / socket plate
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      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
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      Sit back and admire your work.

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