Wiring Outlets

Learn how to wire outlets, test GFCI circuits, troubleshoot dead outlets with tips to work safely.

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  • Tighten a Loose Outlet

  • Do you have outlets with cracked cover plates? The outlet box was probably set too deep, leaving the outlet unsupported. Here's a quick fix that…

  • Replacing Electrical Outlet

  • Is there a way to replace a two-slot outlet with a three-slot outlet without running a new ground wire halfway through the house?

  • Troubleshooting Dead Outlets

  • Usually when an outlet goes dead, the fix is something simple and you can save the cost of a service call by doing the work yourself.…

  • Testing GFCI Outlets

  • All GFCI outlets have one little-known flaw: their circuitry eventually wears out, usually after about 10 years, at which point they no longer…

  • How to Add an Outdoor Outlet

  • Add an outdoor electrical outlet to get power to where you need it, especially for holiday lights. Do it safely and easily with this simple…

  • Install a Wall Hugger Receptacle

  • Gain precious extra inches of space on kitchen countertops and behind appliances by replacing an existing receptacle with a recessed electrical…

  • Add an Electrical Outlet

  • Eliminate those ugly and often dangerous extension cords. You can add a new outlet quickly and easily without tearing open a wall, if you…

  • How to Make Two-Prong Outlets Safer

  • Increase the safety of your old two-prong outlets by installing a new ground fault circuit interrupter receptacle. The GFCI will protect…

  • Adding a Receptacle

  • Switch boxes can sometimes be used as a power source for a new outlet, but only if the box is large enough and has neutral and ground wires…

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