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Installing a tamper-resistant receptacle


Step 1. Shut the power to the switch off. Remove the decorative cover plate from the receptacle by unscrewing the screw that holds the plate to the electrical box. Set the screw and the plate aside.

 

Step 2. Use a voltage sensor to double-check that the circuit is dead. Hold your voltage sensor’s probe within ˝” of the wires on either side of the receptacle. If the sensor beeps or lights up, then the receptacle is still live, and you’ll need to trip the correct breaker to disconnect power to the receptacle. If the sensor does not beep or light up, the receptacle is dead and you can proceed safely.

 

Step 3. Remove the receptacle from the box by unscrewing the two long screws that hold the switch to the box, one at the top and another at the bottom. Once the screws are out, gently pull the receptacle away from the box. Depending on how your receptacle has been wired, there may be two colored wires and a bare wire or four colored wires and a bare wire.

 

Step 4. Remove the receptacle completely by unscrewing the screws that hold the wires. Disconnect each wire by turning the screws on the sides of the receptacle just enough to free the wires.

 

 

 

 

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