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How To Wire An Electric Socket : DIY Edition

How To Wire An Electric Socket : DIY Edition

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Handling electricity is never a safe and jobs related to it should always be left to a professional since they know how to tackle these problems and know the right fix. Nonetheless, there are certain jobs that don’t exactly warrant the use of a residential electrician in Denver or anywhere for that matter. It is a job that you can complete on your own. Below is a step by step process on how to complete this task.

Step 1 : Turn off the power and prep the socket

  • Turn off the power to the socket preferably from the main power supply
  • Remove the faceplate, which is covering of the socket and identify the earth, neutral and live terminals
  • Remove the black box from the wall
  • Install the double black box into the wall atop the given hole
  • Check if levelled properly and draw around the edges

Step 2 : Drill required holes where necessary

To help with the installation of the double black box, enlarge the given holes with the drill. In case any extra material needs to be removed, use a hammer and chisel to make a better hole for installation. For plasterboard walls, using a saw will give the best result.


Step 3 : Install the black box

Pull out the inlet holes inside the box and proceed to put the wires through them
Place and fix rubber grommets around the holes within the boxes for better protection of the wires
Identify, mark, drill and install said holes


Step 4 : For Ring circuit users only

For this scenario, identify and grab on to the wires for each terminal, which is live, neutral and earth and twist them together and push them into the terminals and fix tightly by screwing them in place with a screwdriver. Incase of bad wiring, cutoff the bad ends and strip the wire ahead of it and use it for installation. With the help of pliers, fold back the bare ends of the wire to avoid any injury. Once this is taken care of, install the wires in their respective terminals.


Step 5 : Put back and install all other parts

Put the faceplate back on to the black box and screw it in place keeping in mind no wires are popping out from it. Fill any cracks or holes that you see around the edges of the faceplate that may have come up during installation.


Step 6 : Test the socket once the above steps are finished

Turn the power on to the socket from the main supply and check to see if the socket works. In case it doesn’t, unscrew the faceplate and check all connections. If the problem still persists, call your residential electrician in Denver or elsewhere to help with the problem and fix it.

In case you don’t have much knowledge about these things but still want to go ahead with this job, below are some useful tips that you can look over prior to the start of this job which will he you and keep you safe in the process

  • The earth wire will always be marked with yellow and green sheathing to help you with its identification. If not, you can buy small rolls of earth sleeving. Cut off a section and slip over the earth wire before connecting to the terminal.
  • A lot of stores today sell specific surface or flush-mounted sockets for ease of the job. A flush-mounted socket is the neatest and best solution but you need to drill and cut out the wall to fit the back box for it. Surface-mounted sockets are easier to install since the wiring can be fitted into the box and not the wall. However, they are more prone to damage and can be knocked fairly with ease all the while looking more utility like.
  • A competent and capable non-professional will be able to replace a socket in their home barring specific locations such as the kitchen, bathroom, utility room and other similarly unsafe locations. Check with your local building control administration before taking up such work and safe as well.
  • Wrap the drill with masking tape so that you know exactly how deep the hole is to be drilled for the new socket back box.
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