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Replacing an Outlet with Alot of Wires

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What to do When an Outlet Has a Lot of Wires
Electrical Question: I am replacing a outlet in my house that is connected to a ceiling fan but there are more wires then normal. I have 2 black wires, 2 white wires, 1 red wire and a copper wire. I do not know the right way to connect these wires to the outlet.I also need to make it a half switched outlet.

This electrical wiring question came from: Samika, a Homeowner from Sacramento, California.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Samika.

Replacing an Outlet with a Lot of Wires

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.

How to Identify the Wiring When Replacing an Outlet
Samika, the wiring is best identified using a voltage tester, but typically this is what is found and what needs to be verified, the example below is typical but may not reflect your exact wiring:

All wiring must be verified using a voltage tester, and this is best accomplished by a qualified electrical contractor.

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The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.

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The Plug-In Outlet Tester
This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
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The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..

The wire stripper will work on both solid and stranded wire. This tool is Very Handy and Easy to Use.

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2 Responses to “Replacing an Outlet with Alot of Wires”
  1. Luis Antonio Jaca Mendez says:

    Hi,Dave!

    I would like to purchase the electrical tool kit that appears on the cover of the Top 10 Electrical Mistakes ebook.

    Best regards!

    Jaca.

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