How To: Replace an Old Electrical Outlet

How To: Replace an Old Electrical Outlet

Grace Shu
Jan 28, 2008

Over the weeked, I swapped out my old outlet covers with brand new white ones...and then winced. Not because I got electrocuted, but these new plates made the old electrical outlets look even more shabby. These outlets had been painted over many times over; but instead of slapping on another layer, I decided to replace them...myself (eek!)...

After doing a few Google searches, I found this handy guide (with photos!) on HammerZone.com that show step-by-step instructions on how to do this quick outlet makeover in about 30 minutes. It's fairly simple; although the only iffy part (in my opinion) is connecting the ground wires properly--it's safe to say that I read those instructions about ten times over before I switched the power back on.


Photo from HammerZone

Created with Sketch.