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How to Change An Outlet

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Updating Old Electrical Outlets

Is your home sporting outlets straight out of a bygone era? Fear not! My Buddy The Plumber in Salt Lake City is here to guide you through a hassle-free process to swap those outdated outlets for modern ones. In this DIY guide, we’ll walk you through the steps – it’s time to give your space the electrical upgrade it deserves!

Materials You’ll Need

Before diving into the task, gather these materials:

  • Screwdriver (flathead and Phillips)
  • Voltage tester
  • New outlet
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Wire stripper
  • Electrical tape

Step 1: Turn Off the Power

Safety first! Head to your circuit breaker and turn off the power to the room where you’ll be working. Confirm the power is off using a voltage tester.

Step 2: Remove the Old Outlet

Use a screwdriver to remove the faceplate, then unscrew the outlet from the electrical box. Carefully pull the outlet out, ensuring not to damage the wires.

Step 3: Disconnect Wires

Note the placement of each wire before disconnecting them. Using a screwdriver, loosen the screws and remove the wires from the old outlet. If the wires are secured with backstab holes, use needle-nose pliers to release them.

Step 4: Prepare the New Outlet

Strip about half an inch of insulation from the ends of the new wires. Wrap them clockwise around the corresponding screws on the new outlet and tighten.

Step 5: Secure the Outlet

Gently push the new outlet back into the electrical box and secure it with screws. Double-check your connections to ensure they are tight and secure.

Step 6: Attach the Faceplate

Snap the faceplate onto the new outlet, securing it in place with the provided screws.

Step 7: Restore Power

Head back to the circuit breaker and turn the power back on. Test your new outlet with a device to make sure it’s working correctly.

Turn to My Buddy The Plumber For Help

Don’t let electrical tasks overwhelm you – My Buddy The Plumber is here for you! Beyond outlet changes, our skilled electricians in Salt Lake City handle everything from repairs to installations. Ensure your home’s safety – call us today for expert electrical services tailored to your needs. Let’s keep your lights shining bright!

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