Have you noticed the electrical outlets in your home aren’t working as well as they once did? One indication of this is if the outlet is unable to snugly hold a plug. Not only is this annoying, it can actually be a serious shock and fire hazard. Other signs of an issue include outlets that spark when something is unplugged or plugged in and outlets with burn or scorch marks on the outside. If you have noticed any of these issues, then it may be time to install new outlets. You may also need more outlets, which is when the tips here can come in handy.
It’s not extremely difficult to install new electrical outlets; however, it’s important that you properly prep your home. While it isn’t recommended that you tackle this job on your own, there are a few things you can do to get ready for new outlet installation. When you are informed, you can ensure the process goes smoothly and no issues are experienced.
Turn the Breaker Off
Before you add a new outlet, you will need to make sure the breaker panel has been turned off. A good rule of thumb is to double check that the breaker is off by using a voltage tester.
If you don’t have one handy, then plug in a lamp to the nearest available socket. Make sure nothing comes on.
It’s also a good idea to test the new socket directly by plugging something into it and making sure there’s no power going through it.
Make Starter Holes with a Screwdriver
It’s understandable that you may find it a bit difficult to push through your drywall when you are making space for an outlet. Rather than having to cut it with a saw, consider a flat head screwdriver for the job.
This is more affordable, easily adaptable and is something you can use to easily carve through your home’s drywall.
If you do decide to use the saw, be sure you aren’t sawing extremely aggressively. With aggressive sawing, you may tear the drywall surface’s paper backside. In the long run, this will reduce the overall structural integrity of the wall. If the hole you make with your screwdriver is too small, then you can use a utility knife to make it larger.
Contact a Professional Electrician
If you are planning to work with fabric-insulated wiring, then it’s smart to contact your electrician. They can recommend save connections and ensure you aren’t trying to engage in unsafe projects without proper grounding wire. Without the grounding wire, it’s challenging to determine what wires are hot and which ones are neutral.
It’s also never a good idea to try and handle the installation of electrical outlets in your home on your own. However, something you can do is prep the area where work will be done before your electrician arrives.
Hiring an electrician is the best course of action and will ensure the work is done properly, and that no hazards are present.