Electrical Outlet Repair and Installations

Start plugging away the right way when taking on electrical outlet projects

Plugging things into an electrical outlet is something we've known how to do since before we can remember. We don't even think about it; we just know it fires up whatever we're plugging in. Electrical Outlet photo

We also know electrical outlets carry electricity and must be treated with care. If you're repairing, installing or moving an electrical outlet in your home, it's a good idea to have a basic understanding of how one works and it's position within a given circuit in your home.

Today's electrical outlets come with two- or three-sockets (slots). We can recognize these sockets instantly from the outside face.

On the inside, electrical receptacles are either a side-wired type (you attach wires on the side using screws) or a back-wired type. Back-wired receptacles can be easier to work with as they allow you to simply push in wire ends instead of screwing them on.

Note, not all wall electrical outlets are the same, depending on their use. Most are standard receptacles (rated for 110, 115, 120 or 125 volts), while others are considered high-voltage; used for electric dryers and ranges.

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