How to Replace Old Power Outlet

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Plugging your appliances into old power outlets is as dangerous as using and overloading
your dangerous extension cords. Old power outlets are an eyesore and an overlooked
source of electrical hazards at homes.

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How to Replace Old Power Outlet

  1. 1. How to Replace an Old Power OutletPlugging your appliances into old power outlets is as dangerous as using and overloadingyour dangerous extension cords. Old power outlets are an eyesore and an overlookedsource of electrical hazards at homes. Electrician Sydney | Electrician North Sydney | Commercial Electrician Sydney
  2. 2. Shut off the power to the circuitShut off the power to the circuit at the service panel box – Shut off the power to the circuitwhich you will be working on. Don’t assume that the markings on the service panel are correct,so double check that power is off by using a voltage tester to test the outlet. Electrician Sydney | Electrician North Sydney | Commercial Electrician Sydney
  3. 3. Check again that electricity is offWith the faceplate off, insert the voltage tester into the receptacle box alongside the electricaloutlet. Find the side with black wires, which are the live wires. Test the wires. Electrician Sydney | Electrician North Sydney | Commercial Electrician Sydney
  4. 4. Pull out the outletUnscrew the top and bottom screws from the outlet. Next, gently pull the outlet out by thetop and bottom ears. Make sure you do not touch any wire. You can now clearly see theoutlet after you pull it out. Double check that the black wires are not live by using thevoltage tester. Electrician Sydney | Electrician North Sydney | Commercial Electrician Sydney
  5. 5. Know the colour codes of the different wireThe black wires are the live wires which are usually affixed to a power outlet by gold/brasscoloured screws. The white wires are the neutral wires which are affixed by silver-colouredscrews. The green or bare wires are the ground wires which are affixed to the outletby green screws. Electrician Sydney | Electrician North Sydney | Commercial Electrician Sydney
  6. 6. Know the different wire sizesThe 14 gauge wire (rated 15 amps) is a thinner and lower capacity wire that is usuallyused for receptacles and lighting. The 12 gauge (rated 20) is the heavier and highercapacity that electricians use for ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets andhigher amperage works. Electrician Sydney | Electrician North Sydney | Commercial Electrician Sydney
  7. 7. Take note of the wire configurationIf the configuration is a simple set-up of three wires (one black, one white, one ground),it would be easy to take note how they hook up to the outlet. But if you have multiple blackand white wires, you will need to note where each wire goes. Use masking tape to affix tabson the wires. Electrician Sydney | Electrician North Sydney | Commercial Electrician Sydney
  8. 8. Buy the right outletThe outlet to use will depend on the wire coming into the box, whether it’s a 14 gauge ora 12 gauge. An outlet rated for 15 amps can’t be used with a 12 gauge wire that pulls 20 amps. Electrician Sydney | Electrician North Sydney | Commercial Electrician Sydney
  9. 9. Install the wires in the new outletConnect wires to the new outlet. Connect the neutral wire to the silver-coloured terminalscrew, the live wire to the gold-coloured terminal screw and the ground wire to the greengrounding screw. The cable sheath should remain secured inside the box. Electrician Sydney | Electrician North Sydney | Commercial Electrician Sydney

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