Renew Your Outlets




About: Husband and Father of two crazy boys

Hello, I want to share how to renew your outlets for less than 10 dollars and without hiring someone to do it.

Step 1: Materials

It is pretty simple.

1. Screwdriver.

2. Electrical tape.

3. Cutting Pliers.

4. Electrical Wire, if you want help deciding what wire to use visit this page from home depot. I use some wire that I had from other repairs I did.

5. Outlets, there are a lot of different kinds of outlets but the installation is the same I'm using a triplex outlet.

Step 2: Disarm

The first thing you need to do is to cut the electricity.

Now that is safe to work first disarm the old outlet by taking the cover and then with the screwdriver take the screws out and disarm the outlet to have the wires.

Step 3: Arm

These step may vary depending the outlet you're using, the one that I'm using needs to be armed. There are some outlets that are already armed so you may not need to do it.

Step 4: Wires

You need two pieces of wire of approximately 5 inches each. Strip the wires with the cutting pliers by 2.5 inches leaving 1 inches with the cover and 1.5 inches striped again. One side is going in the outlet and the other in the electricity, so depending in the size of the outlet the measures may vary.

Step 5: Wires and Outlets

Now insert the wire in the outlet, it needs to touch all the outlets. There are three loops Positive, Negative and Earth, the wire needs to be in the positive and negative it doesn't matter wich one, if you have an earth wire you'll have to install it too.

Step 6: Connecting to the Electricity

Now you need to connect the wires. Place the wires together and with the cutting pliers twist them clock wise now with the tape isolate the cables, you can also use a wire connector then use the screwdriver to fix it to the wall again and put the cover.

It is ready remember to turn on the electricity before trying or you'll think that you have messed it up.



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    6 Discussions


    1 year ago

    This is not safe. When overload it can cause heat, that can make a fire.

    You should use electrical wire connectors instead. Also, when we connecting electrical wires, we will use only insulated tools.
    Negative or positive doesn't matter only if our electric consumer have pure ohmic resistance, otherwise you can short the consumer and even burn it.

    If we don't have an earth wire, we will connect it to the wall or any other material that will conduct to the ground.

    I am a licensed electrician.

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    Reply 1 year ago

    If the wiring is old 2 wire without a ground wire, you do not just connect to the box or wall.

    NEC allows the use of a ground fault interrupter.


    1 year ago

    My understanding is that twisting the wires and covering with electrical tape is only permitted by code if the wires are soldered/brazed/welded.

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    Reply 1 year ago

    Wire nuts are your friend. Never twist and tape. What country is this from?


    1 year ago

    Trust but verify.

    Never assume you have properly cut power to the outlet, always plug in a lamp, fan, power tool and verify it is indeed disconnected and dead.

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