As we discussed in our last post, replacing a light fixture is a fairly simple project. But did you know that replacing an outlet is, too? As one of the top residential electrical supply stores in the Rock Hill, SC area, Carolina Electrical Supply wants to walk you through the easy process of replacing an outlet:
- Make sure the power is off – Always make sure the power is off before you start any project involving electricity! This is the most important step of the project and failing to do so could cause serious injury or loss of life.
- Gather the correct tools – Next, make sure you gather the proper tools. These include a multimeter (to test to see if the power is off), needle nose pliers, a screwdriver, and the replacement outlet you’ll be installing. When replacing an outlet, you need to get one that’s compatible with the current outlet. As there are many different types on the market, talk to us and we’ll help you get the one you need.
- Process – First, remove the faceplate and the screws holding the outlet to the wall. Next, pull out the wires from the wall. Then, attach the white, black, and green/bare copper wires to the new outlet, but make sure they are attached to the exact places where they were on the old outlet. Finally, lightly screw it back into the wall and turn the power back on to test the outlet. If it works, fully screw it into the wall. That’s all there is to it!
If you need help, advice, or electrical supplies near you, come to CESCO. The staff at our residential electrical supply store will be happy to assist you with finding exactly what you need from one of our many trusted electrical brands.