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Inspecting & Replacing A Duplex Outlet Receptacle

Duplex Outlet Heavy Duty


In this Video I go over How To Inspect & Replace A Duplex Outlet Receptacle, Fix Wiring, Proper Maintenance of an outlet, go over proper grounding, And Safety Considerations To Prevent Overheating & Fire.





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  1. Trace says:

    Lots of good information. I thought 1/2 hour would be a long time to sit and watch you change an outlet, but you kept me interested and paying attention to what you’re doing. Things I liked:

    – I didn’t know not to use the spring loaded connection, and that the screws are so much better. I’ve used the spring loaded in the past because it was easier and seemed to be the best way (I felt like the screws were there as a backup).
    – I didn’t know the difference between the cheap and the better outlets, you explained that well.
    – I liked the simple explanation about wrapping the wire around the screw clockwise so it wouldn’t come off when you screw it in. Though that’s something I’m aware of, personally I frequently forget. I also appreciated that you explained that using 12 gauge wire was good, and when it would be helpful, but that it wasn’t necessary.
    – I liked that you explained what, and why, the previous homeowner had done and how it was good or bad.
    – I had never used spacers in that project like that, I appreciate how much better they hold things in place (if needed).
    – Maybe identify each tool you’re using, by name, so we know what they are. Maybe I want to go out and buy that tool you’re using, I can picture it, but I don’t know what it’s called to ask for it at the store. Also maybe a slightly longer explanation about the technical tools. I’ve never used, or even seen, that first tool you used to check for power — sure I understood the concept, but it was new to me.
    – I liked that you double and triple checked the box and the wiring as you finished everything up.
    – I didn’t know outlets more than 5 years old needed to be inspected and probably tightened — I’ll do that.

    Thanks for the video.

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I've been an HVAC/R Mechanic working in the Seattle area for over 15 years, specializing in the commercial service industry.. I’m also a Licensed Electrician & Gas Piping Mechanic and have numerous other trade related certifications. I’ve instructed at local trade schools and now continue teaching through this site.

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