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By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Why is the power tripping off after I replaced my electric outlets? Common Mistakes When Replacing Electrical Outlets and How to Fix Them, Working with the Wiring and Electrical Outlet Box.

Electric Outlets


Electrical Question: Why is the power tripping off after I replaced my electric outlets?

What is it that I’m missing?

This home electrical question came from: Raymond, from Edmonton, Canada.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electric wiring question Raymond.

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Replacing Electrical Outlets

Application: Replacing a 120 Volt Receptacle Outlet.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate, Best if wired by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the number of outlets that will be replaced.
Precaution: Identify the outlet circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional outlet wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

Common Mistakes When Replacing Electrical Outlets and How to Fix Them

Working with the Wiring and Electrical Outlet Box

IMPORTANT!
Always turn OFF the electrical circuit before performing any electrical wiring or outlet or switch replacement.

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