Changing Plugs and Cords

Are the cords on your appliances looking a little rough asks Electrician Charlotte NC? Pulling and twisting can frequently cause the wires inside to sever and break down the insulation causing a short circuit. Change, do not repair, any electrical cord with faulty wires or weak, worn insulation your Charlotte electrician suggests. If your cords are not removable, you’ll should have an expert change a defective cord.

If the cord is detachable, follow these actions to replace:Charlotte Electrical Safety
Replacing a Lamp Socket and Cord

  • To remove the socket, loosen the socket shell by pushing in where the word “PRESS” is embossed.
  • Lift off the shell and insulating sleeve.
  • Unfasten the wires from the socket terminal screws.
  • Examine the cord insulation, if it’s fine, examination the outlet and replace if necessary. If it’s malfunctioning, continue with these steps.
  • Replace a faulty cord by untying the knot.
  • Splice the brand-new cord to the old by turning the bare ends of the wires together and taping them. Pull both cords with.
  • Detach the old cord.
  • Split the brand-new cord to 2-1/2 inches from the end.
  • Tie an Underwriter’s knot by making two loops and passing the loose wire ends with the loops. Pull the knot snug.
  • Strip 1/2 to 3/4 inch of insulation from the ends of the wires.
  • Wrap one wire clockwise around each outlet terminal screw and tighten the screws.
  • To reattach the socket, push the insulating sleeve over the outlet and push in the shell until you hear it click into location.
  • Affix a plug to the cord.

Replacing 240-volt Appliance Cords

  • Disconnect the damaged cord and unscrew the various other end type the terminal screws on the appliance.
  • Make certain you get a specific replacement for the damaged cord and plug.
  • Connect the new pigtail cord to the terminal screws on the appliance.
  • If the wires in the cord and the screws on the appliance are color-coded, connect the wires to the terminal screws of the same color (black to black, white to white, red to red.).
  • If either the pigtail cord of the home appliance terminal screws are not color-coded, first attach the center wire of the pigtail to the center terminal screw on the home appliance.
  • Connect the continuing to be wires to the remaining terminal screws.
  • Plug in the new cord.

General Tips for Replacing Plugs

  • Numerous old-style plugs with terminal screws have a detachable insulating disc covering the terminals and wires. The National Electrical Code now needs “dead-front” lugs that have a stiff insulating obstacle.
  • To change a plug, cut off the old one plus at least an inch of cord. For plugs with terminal screws, split the cord insulation to separate the wires and strip the insulation from the ends.

Replacing Self-Connecting Plugs

  • Push the cord (do not strip it) through the shell and into the terminal block.
  • Squeeze the prongs together to grip the cord.
  • Slide into the shell.

Changing Female Appliance Plugs

  • Unscrew the plug shell.
  • Feed the cord with the spring guard.
  • Strip the wire ends and wrap them clockwise around the terminal screws.
  • Tighten and reassemble the plug.

Changing a Plug with Terminal Screws

  • In terminal screws the wires are attached to screws inside the plug body. To replace:.
  • Unscrew and get rid of the new plug’s insulating barrier.
  • Using an energy knife, split the end of the cord to separate the wires.
  • Push the cord with the plug body.
  • Make two loops with the wires.
  • Pass the loose ends of the wires with the loops and pull firmly to form an Underwriter’s knot (this avoids strain on the terminal screws).
  • Strip 1/2 to 3/4 inch of insulation off the wire ends being careful not to nick the wires.
  • Unscrew the terminal screws on the barrier to permit space for the wires.
  • Type loops on each wire and cover the wires clockwise 3/4 way around the screws.
  • Tighten the screws and cut the excess wire.
  • Reattach the barrier.

Replacing Three-Pronged, Grounded Plugs

  • Unscrew the insulating obstacle.
  • Push removed wires through the plug body into the proper terminal slots.
  • Connect the wires to the terminal screws as follows: white neutral wire to silver screw, black hot wire to brass screw and green grounding wire to green terminal screw.
  • Tighten the terminal screws and reassemble the plug.

Electrician Charlotte NC hopes these tips will be useful for you.  If you are uncertain of any electrical repair, don’t risk the potential danger of injury – give Lindsay Electrical Service a call to help!

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