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How to fix a bad receptacle (Page 2)


Step 5. Loosen the screw terminals and remove the circuit wires. Inspect the wires, and if they’re dam aged, clip them off and strip about ¾” of bare wire, using a combination tool. Check the connecting tabs on the sides of the receptacle. If they have been snapped off, you’ll need to also do this on the new receptacle, using needle nose pliers.

 

Step 6. Use needle nose pliers to bend the stripped portions in small, clockwise hooks. Now you can connect the wires to the receptacle. Take one of the black wires and wrap the end of the wire around one of the two brass-colored screws on the side of the switch. Tighten the screw so it’s snug. If there is a second black wire, wrap it around the other brass-colored screw in the same way.

 

Step 7. Now take one of the white w and wrap the end of the wire around one of the silver screws. Tighten the screw so it’s snug. Do the same for the second white wire if there is one. Connect the copper wire to the green-colored screw on the bottom of the receptacle.

 

Step 8. Once the connections are made, gently tuck the wires and the receptacle in to the box so the holes at top and bottom of the receptacle align with the holes in the box. Use a screwdriver to drive the two long mounting screws that hold the receptacle to the box. Replace the cover plate. Restore the power and test your receptacle.

 

 

 

 

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