Wiring Outlets

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  • Replacing Electrical Outlet

    Is there a way to replace a two-slot outlet with a three-slot outlet without running a new ground wire halfway through the house?

  • How to Install a Tamper-Resistant Outlet

    Replace standard electrical outlets with tamper-resistant outlets for a safer home. They’re inexpensive and easy to install.

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    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • Repair Electrical Outlets: Fix Loose Outlets

    Electrical switches and outlets that move around because the box is too recessed can be a safety problem. Outlet shims offer a quick and…

  • How to Add Outlets Easily With Surface Wiring

    With surface wiring you can add outlets, switches and lights wherever you want easily and quickly, without tearing open a wall. When you paint…

  • Installing Electrical Outlets: Which way is up?

    Install outlets (receptacles) with the ground hole either up or down. Both are correct. But be consistent.

  • Tighten a Loose Outlet

    Do you have outlets with cracked cover plates? The outlet box was probably set too deep, leaving the outlet unsupported. Here’s a quick…

  • Testing GFCI Outlets

    All GFCI outlets have one little-known flaw: their circuitry eventually wears out, usually after about 10 years, at which point they no longer…

  • How to Install a Floor Outlet

    Sometimes electricity is just not where you need it, especially in big rooms and in older houses. A floor outlet may be the perfect way to…

  • How to Install GFCI Outlets

    Installing a GFCI outlet doesn’t have to be confusing. Closeup photos show how to install a GFCI without getting “line” and…

  • How to Add an Outdoor Outlet

    Add an outdoor electrical outlet to get power to where you need it, especially for holiday lights. Do it safely and easily with this simple…

  • Install a Wall Hugger Receptacle

    Gain precious extra inches of space on kitchen countertops and behind appliances by replacing an existing receptacle with a recessed electrical…


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