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How to install an electrical sockets?

You can install your own electrical sockets in your home. If your existing electrical sockets are overloaded, adding new ones will provide more safety. You also can add more lights and more convenience with more electrical sockets. You don’t have to be an electrician to do this project yourself. This article will show you how to install electrical sockets in your home.

Turn off electricity

Turn off the electricity in the room or area that you are installing an electrical socket. You can use a circuit tester to ensure the power is turned off. You can write Do Not Touch on a piece of duct tape and place it over the breaker. This is to make sure someone does not unknowingly turn the breaker on while you are working.

Measure distance

Use a tape measure to measure the distance between the electrical socket and electrical panel. This is to show you how much wire you are going to need. When you purchase the wire, it is best to purchase an extra 30 to 50 cm. Ensure the amperage and voltage of the circuit matches the wire you purchase. The wire will have three ends, a hot conductor wire (black), neutral wire (white) and a ground wire connected. Clean each end of the wires.

Run wires

Decide whether you are going to run the wires from under the floor to your electrical panel or down from your attic to the electrical panel. There will be holes drilled that have wires running through them. Find a hole and push the wire to the electrical panel. Pull out any excess wire. Cut a hole for the new electrical socket in the sheet rock. Use a drill to drill a hole inside the wall through the floor, or the top plate of the wall. Run the new wires to the new electrical socket.

Connect the socket

Connect the three wires to the electrical panel. The breaker has one wire hook up and this is the black wire. There will be a neutral bar, which is where the white wire connects. The ground wire connects to the ground bar. Procedures Attach the ends of the wire to the free screws in the outlet that corresponds. For example, the black wire goes with the brass screw, the white wire with the silver screw and ground wire with the green screw. Screw the new electrical socket in place in the new box. Install the cover over the new electrical socket. Turn the breaker back on. Test the power in the new electrical socket. Place the cover back on the electrical panel. Make sure it is working properly to prevent an electrical fire.

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