A 6-step Guide to Installing Electrical Outlets Safely

Having an easy to access electrical outlet can be very handy in your home. While some electrical repairs can be tricky, this is an easier job to complete by yourself. Skip the handyman for this one and leave this home repair to yourself by following this guide to install electrical outlets safely. Do yourself one favour and do a thorough house cleaning before you start all of that so that you start with a clean slate and you don’ have any dirt interfering with your work.

1. Find the necessary tools. To complete this project, you will need a multimeter and receptacle tester. These are important to have because the multimeter helps to troubleshoot any problems and the receptacle tester confirms that you have wired everything properly.

2. Turn the power off to the circuit you are working on. While this might seem an obvious step, it can be easily overlooked and it is important to take every safety precaution possible. Verify that the power is indeed shut off with the multimeter.

3. Determine the needed wire size. This is like choosing the right cleaner or the proper cleaning company for a certain time of home cleaning. The size of the wire depends on the size of the circuit breaker. It is important that you do not guess the size. Electrical wiring is not something to be estimated.

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4. Installing the wiring. Once you have determined you have your tools, the power is shut off and you know the size, it is time to install the wiring. Drill in the center of the stud when installing the wire through the studs. It is important to note that your wire needs to be protected by 1 1/4″ piece of wood, at minimum. If you are unable to use the center of the stud, you will need to add a metal notch plate on the face of the stud to protect the wire from drywall screws. It would also be a good idea to protect the wires with EMT conduit.

5. Terminate the circuit. Take the bare wire, which is the ground and connect it to the green coloured screw to the electrical outlet. The white wire, which is the neutral, connects to the silver coloured screw. Last, the black coloured wire is the hot wire and connects to the brass coloured screw. Once connected, you can terminate the wires at the power source.

6. Turn the power on. You are now ready to test your electrical outlet.

If everything is working fine, then you did your job. Congratulations. Now do make sure that you keep the outlet clean. This is one of the places which people do tend to skip on when house cleaning, so don’t do that mistake.

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