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Dec 11
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The Complete Guide To Changing Your Wall Socket(Safely)

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DO THIS IF YOU HAVE NOT DISCONNECTED THE POWER – THERE IS A LIVE WIRE THAT MAY CAUSE DEATH IF NOT HANDLED PROPERLY.

If a wall outlet can no longer hold a plug, or is loose, it should be replaced immediately, as it poses a real danger and is an electrical hazard.

Replacing Wall Sockets in Singapore are relatively easy, if you have the right tools and know how, particularly disconnecting the power source, and connecting the right wires(Super Important)

The procedure of replacing a two outlet wall socket is quite similar to replacing a switch, the main difference is that there are more wires.

To replace a standard wall socket, do the following:

  1. Turn off the power to the whole home from the circuit breaker.

  2. Unscrew and remove the plate; then use a test pen to make sure there is no power.

  3. Unscrew the tab from the electrical box and pull it out with the wires still in.

    Take Note where the white and black wires are attached to the old receptacle.

  4. Remove the wires.

  5. Carefully inspect the old socket to see if the break-off tab connecting the two sets of terminals on each side of the socket is broken off. If it is, remove the corresponding tabs from the new socket.

    To break off the tab, grip it with long-nose pliers and bend it back and forth until it breaks off.

  6. Attach the wires to the terminals of the new socket.

    If the wiring has a green ground wire, attach it to the green terminal on the socket or to the electrical box.

  7. Push the new receptacle back into the electrical box and screw it in place.

  8. Screw on the cover plate and then turn on the power.

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