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How to replace an electrical socket?

Replacing an electrical socket is an easy do-it-yourself project that just about anyone can accomplish. It's essential to take proper safety precautions when working with electricity, so make sure you shut off the breaker supplying power to the socket before doing any work.
Begin by loosening the screws on the cover plate above the socket. You will use these screws to attach the new socket, so remove them and set them aside. Next, unscrew the wires from the terminals on the bottom of the socket by loosening their terminal screws and compressing the spring. You may have three or four wires from the previous socket; make sure to label them as you take them off so that you can properly reconnect them on the new socket.
Once your old socket has been removed, you can affix your new one by matching up the terminal screws with their corresponding colored wires and tightening them. Screw the cover plate and turn on the power to test it out! Make sure your work is secure and safe, and enjoy your updated electrical socket!​
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