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Replacing a 2-Wire Receptacle Outlet


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Wire a New Replacement Outlet: I replace a receptacle but I failed to mark which wire went to silver common side of old receptacle and which went to brass hot side.

Identifying Wires for a 2-Wire Receptacle Outlet

Electrical Question: I replace a receptacle but I failed to mark which wire went to silver common side of old receptacle and which went to brass hot side.

Thanks,
Alan.

This electrical question came from: Alan, a Homeowner from Galt, California.
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Additional Comments: Great site – I also cruised around for more general knowledge.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Alan.

How to Wire a New Replacement Outlet

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.

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