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Video:How to Replace a Wall Outlet

with Isaac Stephens

Is it time to repair a busted wall outlet or replace an old one? Watch how to perform this simple task quickly and safely.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Replace a Wall Outlet

Hi, I'm Isaac Stephens with About.com Home. Today I'm going to show you how to replace a wall outlet.

Whether you want to change out a busted wall outlet or just update your old one, I'm going to show you how quick and easy it can be.

Supplies Needed to Replace a Wall Outlet

Here are just a few items you will need:
  • outlet
  • outlet cover
  • flathead screwdriver
  • Philips screwdriver
  • wire stripper

Turn Off the Electricity

When working with electricity, the first step is always to shut off the power to the circuit you're working with.

First, locate your fuse box and shut off the switch to the area you will be working in.

One way to make sure the power is off is to have an appliance plugged into the wall outlet you wish to replace. If the item shuts off then you know the power is disconnected to that area.

Remove the Old Outlet Cover

Remove the outlet cover with a flathead screwdriver. Then remove the two outlet screws.

Make a note where the wires attach to the old outlet because the new outlet will be wired the same way.

The easiest way to do that is to remove one wire at a time and attach the wire to the new outlet.

Attach Wires to the New Outlet

It's always best to re-strip the wire before attaching it to the outlet. After attaching wires to the new outlet, screw the outlet back into the wall box.

Place the new cover over the outlet and screw in with a flathead screwdriver. Turn the power back on and test the outlet. It's that easy.

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