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Wiring Outlets

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

  1. How to Install a Floor Outlet

    Sometimes electricity is just not where you need it, especially in big rooms and in older houses. A floor outlet may be the perfect way to solve the problem.

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  1. How to Install a Tamper-Resistant Outlet

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    Replace standard electrical outlets with tamper-resistant outlets for a safer home. They're inexpensive and easy to install.

  2. Replacing Electrical Outlet

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    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?

  3. How to Install GFCI Outlets

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    Installing a GFCI outlet doesn't have to be confusing. Closeup photos show how to install a GFCI without getting “line” and “load” connections confused.

  4. Add an Electrical Outlet

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    Eliminate those ugly and often dangerous extension cords. You can add a new outlet quickly and easily without tearing open a wall, if you already have an outlet in the other side of the wall. No extra holes. No messy patching and repainting.  The procedure we show here allowed us to center our TV ...

  5. Tighten a Loose Outlet

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    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 doesn't require a trip to the hardware store.

  6. How to Add an Outdoor Outlet

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    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 through-the-wall technique.

  7. Installing Electrical Outlets: Which way is up?

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    Install outlets (receptacles) with the ground hole either up or down. Both are correct. But be consistent.

  8. Testing GFCI Outlets

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    All GFCI outlets have one little-known flaw: their circuitry eventually wears out, usually after about 10 years, at which point they no longer function properly. Here's the whole story.

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