But seriously. When we bought our first house, we had NO idea on how to do anything with electrical outlets…short of plugging in our George Foreman…and even then, there might have been an episode with jamming the wrong prong into the wrong hole. (totally inappropriate that’s-what-she-said opportunity! sorry mom…if you know that joke.)
Three trips to the library, several electrical books, and lots of practice later, we are well versed in putting the power in Bower Power….cheesey! Jeremy even put in all the wiring for our old basement renovation…so proud of that boy. So switching out an outlet is like picking a wedgie….no brain power required.
See the outlet near the office bathroom sink?
Well, since it was a dingy almond color, I decided to switch it out with a GFCI outlet that is bright white.
Now wait just a gosh darn second…here’s my disclaimer…don’t attempt electrical work without turning off the power at the breaker. Your life, your good hair, non-bleeding-eyeballs are not worth risking being electrocuted. Take all safety precautions. When in doubt, pull out.
And read all your instructions. I have done these a bunch but it’s still REALLY good to read them.
Okay – so now that you have officially turned off the power at the breaker…and tested your outlet for any power….
you are gonna start by removing the face plate from your dingy outlet.
Using your screwdriver, unscrew the outlet from the blue electrical box that sits inside the wall. See those little screws at the top and bottom? Yup, those. Now pull the entire thing out – don’t yank…and in my case, I had the simplest three wire version.
I unscrewed the screws on the side and bottom which released the wires. You can simply pull the wires out of the holes after you unscrew the screws.
Break out that bright white baby…
It’s time to look at your new GFCI outlet….it has three screws – a green, a silver, and a classy brassy one. And you are gonna work them all like Trump’s apprentices.
See how you stick the NON-frayed good condition wire back into the hole? Black to brassy – white to silver. Excuse my cuticule beds…they are groddy.
Now tighten the screw…it locks them bad boys down…(bad boys bad boys, whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they come for you?!?! – name that show)
The black & white wires are straight as they go into the holes. And the copper wire needs to be curled…it’s difficult, believe me, but it helps in the long run. Now have the curl go around the green screw in the clockwise direction…
After all the wires are fastened, gently push all the wires back into the electrical box and screw the GFCI outlet into the box. Don’t tighten it all the way down till you straighten it though. I mean, nobody is gonna admire your work if it’s lookin more crooked than a politician 🙂
Fasten it down – now break out the moves. Hustle, q-tip time, running man, make it rain…(extra points if you actually do that in a cubicle or while nursing a baby)…
Ta – da! You have officially switched out a GFCI outlet without shocking yourself into next week!
But you didn’t think I would leave ya just with that, did ya?
No. nonono. I have a very classy how-to video for ya. Excuse my hair, and my bathrobe, and for keepin it a-little-too-real…
Please don’t remember me like that….