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How To Replace Self Contained Receptacle?

Self-contained receptacles are the least expensive way to add a new outlet to your home. They’re easy to install, but you’ll need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Here’s how it’s done:

Step 1: Turn off the power at the circuit breaker or fuse box. If you have an older home, turn off the power at the main fuse box. If you have newer wiring with GFCI outlets, turn them off at their own breaker or fuse.

Step 2: Remove the old receptacle. It will probably be secured with two screws on top of it and one screw on each side. After removing all of these screws, pull on the receptacle to remove it from its mounting plate. You may find that some wire nuts are still connected to wires inside your wall; just leave them alone so they won’t get lost when you remove the receptacle from your wall.

Step 3: Install a new self-contained receptacle by threading its wires through holes in its mounting plate and attaching its ground wire using one of those screws that held it in place before (the other two are for neutral and hot). Connect this ground wire to any cold water pipe by wrapping it around a pipe fitting that’s within 2 feet.

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Last modified: November 7, 2022

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