Wednesday, January 16, 2013

How to Replace Bedroom Outlet Plate

Fig.2 broken wall plate
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools: 
Plastic electrical plates 
Duplex plate 
Electrical plate
Phillips screwdriver

What to do, you move in your new short sale home and Mr. Cross finds all the electrical plates broken. He left a message on my answering machine that he needed a small job to replace 12 electrical plates. 

This post shows the nine steps on how to replace a broken electrical plate.

Step 1: Fig.1 shows the entire picture, the plate was torn off, the center of the plate is missing and still in the middle of the electrical outlet.
Step 2: Remove the broken electrical plate, and remove the broken plate screw in the middle of the outlet.
Step 3: Above fig.2 shows the plate is broken in the middle.
Step 4: Fig.3 shows the new plate in its new packaging.
Fig.1 Bedroom plug
Fig.3 New Plate
Step 5: Fig.4 shows the outlet is in good shape and does not need to be tightened against the electrical box.

Fig.4 Duplex
Step 6: Fig.5 shows the new plate has an new screw which is held by a paper washer on the back.
Fig.5 Duplex plate
Step 7: Fig.6 shows the installation of a new plastic plate cover using a Phillips screwdriver to drive the screw into the electrical outlet. Now the outlet can be used.
Fig.6 Attaching 
Step 8: Fig.7 shows the plate in use.
Step 9: The job is done in less than 5 minutes.
Fig.7 Job Finished 
New Plate Installed

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