How to Replace Electrical Outlets


It may seem intimidating to replace outlets around the house, but with this easy to follow video I will show you how easy it can be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a list of everything I used to do this easy DIY project:

Cooper Wiring Devices 10-Pack 1-Gang White Standard Duplex Receptacle Nylon Wall Plates

Cooper Wiring Devices 10-Pack 1-Gang White Standard Duplex Receptacle Nylon Wall Plates

IDEAL 150-Pack Plastic Wing Wire Connectors

IDEAL 150-Pack Plastic Wing Wire Connectors

Southwire 5-in-1 Multipurpose Tool Pliers

Southwire 5-in-1 Multipurpose Tool Pliers

Southwire Analog Voltage Detector

Southwire Analog Voltage Detector

 25-ft 14-2 Indoor Non-Metallic Wire (By-the-Roll)

25-ft 14-2 Indoor Non-Metallic Wire (By-the-Roll)

 

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Just make sure you remember these tips from the video:

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Back Stabbing the outlets is the old way of wiring an outlet, but people have found that this can lead to arcing and house fires, if the wire becomes loose. This picture shows the old outlet with the wires stabbed in the back.

 

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Twisting two wires together under one terminal/screw is also dangerous. This can also cause arcing. This picture shows why you need to install the wire clockwise, the screw is barely holding onto the wires. These are two things this person has done wrong when installing this light switch.

 

 

 

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