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Things To Look Out When Installing A New Electrical Outlet At Home

(Last Updated On: September 3, 2020)

Installing a new power socket or electrical outlet in your home is not an easy task. Besides general electrical safety tips which you need to follow, you also have to keep in mind the many technical procedures involved. Otherwise, you might end up causing further electrical damage and even major accidents. In line with that, we’ve prepared some important guidelines to remember when installing a new power socket in your home.

 

Tools Needed For An Electrical Outlet Installation

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  1. Saw
    The first thing you’ll need when installing a power socket is a saw to cut out a square shape into your wall. Though other cutting instruments can be used, a saw is seen as the most suitable tool for this process.
  2. Measuring Tape
    You will also need a measuring tape when installing a power socket. This will help you in measuring certain areas and in determining spaces where cutting is required.
  3. Drilling Machine
    Another tool which you’ll need to have when installing a power socket is a drilling machine with a long wire. This will enable you to cut hard wood at long lengths and to fasten the screws easily.
  4. Wire Cutters
    Installing a power socket won’t be possible without the use of wire cutters. This will help in cutting any excess electrical wiring as well as protect you from electrical shocks.
  5. Flashlight
    Installing a power socket requires as much illumination as possible. As such, having a flashlight while conducting the process is incredibly helpful.
  6. Voltage Detector
    Though a voltage detector isn’t necessary when installing a power socket, it can still help you protect yourself from possible electrocution.

 

Components Needed For An Electrical Outlet Installation


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Besides the tools mentioned, installing a power socket can’t be done without the proper components needed. Some of these include the following:

  1. New Outlet

Obviously, a power socket installation can’t be completed without the outlet itself. Make sure that the one you purchase has the right amount of voltage, is of the correct type, and is durable enough to last for the long term.

  1. Electrical Box

Before installing your power socket, make sure that you’ve prepared its corresponding electrical box. This serves to enclose the outlet in order to protect it from external damage in case a power trip occurs.

  1. Electrical Wires

In order for your electrical outlet to function properly, you need to prepare its corresponding electrical wires. Also make sure that they’re of the right type and length so as to avoid any major electrical installation problems.

These are only some of the components needed for an power socket installation. For other parts which you might require, feel free to seek guidance from a reliable electrician.

 

Steps For Installing A New Outlet

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Now that you know the tools and components required, have a look at the following steps involved when replacing your power socket with a new model:

  • To prevent electrical shocks while installing your electrical socket, first disable your main power supply. You can also place a tape on it so that nobody switches it on while the new outlet is being installed.
  • Now unfasten the screws of your old non-working electrical socket to remove it. Make sure to use the correct screwdriver to avoid damaging the screws.
  • Once the cover plate is removed, cut each and every electrical wire connected to your old outlet. Exercise proper caution with this process to avoid electrocuting yourself.
  • Once you’ve removed your old outlet’s cover plate and cut its corresponding wires, you can now set up your new outlet. Make sure that the wires are installed in their proper place and that the power socket casing is replaced
  • Once you’re done installing your new outlet and fixing its wiring, use a multimeter to test if it works as needed. If not, you may need to check if your outlet’s components and wirings were set up properly. You can also engage an electrical contractor for help if you wish.

 

Conclusion

Now that you know the tools, components, and steps required to install a power socket, you’ll be able to install yours without any difficulty. But in case you need help, don’t hesitate to contact Daylight Electrician Singapore. Our licensed electricians can help you set up your new outlet easily and without any trouble whatsoever. For more information on our servicing costs, feel free to view our price list.

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