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Replacing an Electrical Outlet

As always when working with electricity, shut off the power. Use a circuit tester to make sure that the power is really off. Unscrew the receptacle’s cover plate; be sure you get a replacement receptacle that’s the correct type for your wiring–though most receptacles are standard, aluminum wiring should only be connected to receptacles designated CO-ALR.

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Replacing an Electrical Outlet

When installing the new receptacle, connect the black (hot) wire to the brass terminal screw, the white (neutral) wire to the silver screw, and the bare (ground) wire to the green ground screw.

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Electrical Outlet Wiring

Unscrew the receptacle cover plate and unscrew the receptacle. Disconnect the wires from the terminals. Form a curl with a pair of needle-nose pliers so the wires hook clockwise around the screws, and then tighten the terminal screws. Screw the receptacle to the box and add the cover plate.

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Don Vandervort has developed his expertise for more than 30 years, as Building Editor for Sunset Books, Senior Editor at Home Magazine, author of more than 30 home improvement books, and writer of countless magazine articles. He appeared for 3 seasons on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert for several years. Don founded HomeTips in 1996.

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