Wiring A Double Outlet

If you’re planning to install an electrical double outlet, you should know that it is a little different from a single one. However, the wiring is actually very easy to do and can be completed in just a few minutes. This simple step-by-step guide from electrician Guildford will show you everything you need to know, so let’s get started!

Shut Off Power to the Circuit

Before you start, go to your home’s main breaker box and shut off circuit that provides electricity to where you will be working. Once the power has been shut off, test the circuit with a multimeter or test light just to be sure there’s no current flowing.

Prepare Wire from Circuit Breaker Box

Ensure that the junction box where you will be installing the new double outlet already has wiring that runs from the main circuit breaker. Trim the ends with wire cutters, and then use your wire strippers to remove about 3/4 of an inch of casing off of the wire that will be used to connect the new outlet. Use the needle-nose pliers to create a hook in the piece of bare copper wire that will be used to ground the new double outlet as well.

Install First Outlet Receptacle

After you have prepared the wiring in the junction box, install the first outlet by securing the black wire to the screw terminal with the brass colored screw. Attach the white wire to the silver colored screw terminal after, and then connect the bare copper piece of wire to the screw on the outlet that has a green, painted surface. In case you can’t follow the steps indicated here it’s best to call electrician Surrey to get the job done.

Prepare Short Wire Pieces

Locate the two short pieces of insulated electrical wire that you prepared earlier. Strip off about 3/4 of an inch of insulation on each end. Then, take the piece of bare copper wire and use the needle-nose pliers to once again create hooks on both ends that are 3/4 of an inch in length.

Mount Receptacles and Cover

Now that the wiring to the receptacles is complete, install the wires on the mounting plates in the junction box. Then, place the cover plate over the two outlets, and secure with the retaining screw. Switch the power to the outlets back on at the breaker box and use your multimeter or test light once more so you can be sure the install was successful.

Did this step by step guide helped you? If you can’t follow it well you can ask help from electrician Woking to do it for you. We are more than happy to help you out!