Replacing An Outlet Or Light Switch
It’s not something you give much thought to, most people never consider replacing their power outlets or light switches unless it is for redecorating purposes. But sometimes there may be a real need to do that, especially if they are worn out and becoming an electrical fire hazard. Worn out receptacles will be annoying in the event that they quit working sporadically.
Replacing these is not expensive, you’ll be able to pick one up for a couple of dollars at any hardware or home improvement store. When you’re ready, make sure you turn off the ability to that switch because you do not need any electrical shocks or burns. Test to be sure the ability is truly off with a circuit tester.
This is a rough step-by-step on learn how to replace your outlet receptacles.
1. Remove the outlet cover after which unscrew it from the mounting.
2. Pull it out of the box so you possibly can work with it easier. If you are not electrically inclined it’s best to label the wires so you already know what location to put them back to.
3. Disconnect all of the wires and take away the old outlet.
4. Make sure your new outlet is rated for the circuit you’re on. Reconnect the wires as instructed with the directions.
5. Put the outlet cover back on, screwing everything in again.
What if it’s worthwhile to replace a light switch? This isn’t a difficult task either and the replacement part can be inexpensive.
Again, turn off the facility to work in a safe environment. Repeat steps 1 through 3 from the outlet replacement above. This time remember to mark the white wire as being hot. Disconnect the wires from the old switch and attach them to the brand new one. When everything is secured and screwed in tight, push the switch back into the receptacle box and replace the cover.