How to Properly Install Plug Sockets

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How to Properly Install Plug Sockets

Plug sockets supply power for various electrical devices. They are typically installed in multiple locations around the home, allowing for convenient device usage. Whether installing a new plug socket or replacing a faulty one, proper installation is imperative, especially from a safety standpoint.

 

Turn Off the Power Supply

It is best to use caution when working with electricity. Prior to installing a plug socket, turn off the breaker supplying power to the socket location meant for replacement. To do this, locate the main circuit breaker in your home; this unit is typically located in the garage or utility room. To help isolate the right electrical circuit at the fuse box, plug a radio or other electrical device in and turn it on. If the radio shuts off, this can help act as verification that you have located the proper breaker. Still, always use an electric voltage tester to confirm the socket does not have power before proceeding. Carefully place one probe in the left side and another in the right side of the top socket. The absence of lights indicates that the power if off.

 

Disassembly

With the power turned off, remove the cover plate using a screwdriver. Next, remove the screws holding the socket in the electrical box. From this point, you should be able to pull the electrical socket out of the box as far as the wiring allows. Be sure to remove the screws holding the three wires to the socket and discard it.

 

Installation

Examine the back of the new plug socket to be installed, and begin the wire connection process. Connect the black-red wire to the brass-gold screw, then connect the white wire to the silver screw and the green-bare wire to the green screw. Securely tighten each screw to ensure a snug fit. Next, place the wiring back into the electrical box, and mount the wall plug socket using the included screws. From this point, you should be able to re-mount the cover plate over the socket using a screw and screwdriver.

 

Turn On the Power Supply

Once you have completed the installation process, it is now safe to turn the breaker back on. Using the electrical voltage tester, verify that power has come back to the electric wall socket. The tester lighting up indicates that the socket is receiving power and is ready for use.

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