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Installing, Replacing, and Maintaining Outlets and Receptacles


Outlets, also known as receptacles, become weak and the tension of the inner contact points won't hold the cord plugs securely after years of use. Installing and replacing outlets can be easy with these top outlet and receptacle articles.

1. How To Wire Split Outlets

Wired Split Outlet
Timothy Thiele
Split outlets control lamps that plug into an outlet in a room of your home. These outlets are converted in such a way that a switch in your home by an entrance door can be used to turn one part of an outlet on and off. The process can be painless and the benefits will keep your toes from being stubbed while walking across a dark room.

2. How To Wire and Install an Outlet

A photo of a hot wire connection on an outlet.
Timothy Thiele
Learn all the steps involved in installing an outlet. These steps include stripping the wire, making proper connections and which wire goes where. Outlet installation is made easy and safe in this tutorial.

3. How to Add an Outlet to an Existing Wall

A photo of a cut-in box installed.
Timothy Thiele
So your home hasn't got enough outlets? Why not add a few to make the room a little more convenient? In this article, you'll learn how to add another outlet in an existing wall. These easy steps can be accomplished without damaging the portion of the wall that you see.

4. How To Install Ground Fault Circuit Interupter Outlets - GFCI's

Photo of a GFCI Outlet
Tim Thiele
Learn the basics of how to install a ground fault circuit interrupter. GFCI's are meant to protect you from electrocution, especially in areas subject to water like kitchens, bathrooms, basements, garages, and outdoors.

5. Why Not To Use Plug Adapters

Plug Adapters
Timothy Thiele
In this case only, a plug adapter can be plugged into the outlet

6. Analyzing Receptacles with a Receptacle Analyzer

Tester Photo
Tim Thiele
Learn how to check receptacle troubles with a receptacle analyzer. With this tool, you can find out a lot about a receptacle before you ever remove it.

7. How to Wire Electric Range Receptacles

Electric Range Receptacle Terminal Wiring
Photo: Timothy Thiele
Learn how to wire electric range receptacles with this easy step-by-step guide.

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