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Defective Electrical Switches & Outlets- Anacortes Home Inspections

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How to Replace a Defective Electrical Switch or Outlet

With the winter holidays coming there will likely be additional loads and strains on your electrical system. Now would be a good time to inspect and/or replace defective electrical switches or outlets. Use caution! If you are not handy, ask someone else to do these things. Inspect for loose, corroded or shorted wiring by turning off the power to the device (at the circuit breaker/fuse box), removing the set screws for the cover switch/outlet and mounting bracket or box and carefully removing the device. Tighten any loose connections. If replacement is indicated, Wikihow.com has a good how-to article.

Comments (1)

Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Good information.  It is important to keep safe during the holidays.

Oct 30, 2012 11:26 AM