How to Replace a 120-Volt Electrical Wall Outlet

By: Julie Day
Screwdrivers, wire strippers, voltage tester, and electrical tape

Screwdrivers, wire strippers, voltage tester, and electrical tape.

Tools and Supplies Needed

To replace an electrical outlet, you will need the following tools and supplies:

  • Screwdrivers: Both slotted and Phillips head.
  • Voltage Tester: An inexpensive, non-contact voltage tester.
  • Wire Strippers: A pair of wire strippers.
  • Electrical Tape: Standard black electrical tape for wrapping wires.
  • Receptacle: The proper type wall outlet for your wiring and electrical needs as determined above.
  • Cover Plate: A new outlet cover plate to match the receptacle, if the old plate needs replacing.

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  • erica jones Says:
    July 18th, 2016 at 10:07 am

    my electrical outlet in the kitchen does not fit my oven i need to replace it to fit my oven cord which is a three prong what do i need to do



  • Lonnie Ayers Says:
    November 8th, 2015 at 10:34 am

    I am replacing some old lighting in my kitchin, the lights I will be putting back are lumens link able. What I would like to do is remove the switch that is there fore the old light and rewire it for a outlet can you help?
    Thanking you in advance,
    Lonnie Ayers



  • Deborah Fairchild Says:
    August 17th, 2014 at 10:21 am

    How do I figure out which circuit breaker turns off which outlets and then how do I double-check to be sure its off?



  • Bill Says:
    December 18th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Good safety tip! Always check a switch or outlet to be sure it’s off before working on it.



  • Santa Says:
    July 24th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I have two ceiling fans (bedroom & living room) which are controlled by wall touch switches. One or both will go during severe storms. I have questioned various Home Depot workers who had no idea what could be causing these occurrences. I don’t want to call an electrician to come over for something I could possibly do myself. I have installed dimmer switches, installed thermostats, toilet repairs, under the sink repairs, faucet repairs…..so I think I can tackle this one. I just need to know whether if I disconnect it at the wall switch, will it function manually directly from the fan?

    I thank you.


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