Guides for Switches and Receptacles

Old 05-01-03, 10:46 PM
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Guides for Switches and Receptacles

Hi, I have never done any wiring of my own and I want to change all of the switches and receptacles in my house. I have the basics down like make sure and flip all the switches in main box so you don't get jolted. I just need some info on a very good guide that anyone can offer or that I can download off of the internet. I am in a really tight budget on our addon and fixing up our house I can't afford to hire anyone to do the work. Thanks.

Old 05-02-03, 02:12 AM
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See the "Sticky" at the head of this forum; Use the "Search" box at the bottom of this forum's listings or use the "Search" button at the top to do a slightly more advanced search. And, a lot of people like the "Black & Decker: The Complete Guide to Home Wiring" from Creative Publishing which is available from the home improvement centers, Amazon/Borders,, plus Barnes & Noble along with many smaller outlets.

Good Luck and by the way, you should start by mapping your electrical system back to your circuit panel, so that you don't have to cut power to your entire house by flipping "all the switches in main box" or by flipping the main breaker (which would be easier) just to change a single receptacle.

Keep Passing Open Windows;

PS) And of course, post any questions as they arise and I'm sure someone will be more than happy to help.
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Old 05-02-03, 07:30 AM
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Most common mistake when replacing switches: Failure to note which wire is attached to the common screw before removing an old 3-way switch.

Most common mistake when replacing receptacles: Failure to make the the break-out tabs on the new receptacle match the break-out tabs on the old receptacle.

Common mistake when doing any wiring: Assuming that wire color means more than it does.

Important note for both receptacles and switches: Don't use backstabs.
Old 05-02-03, 02:11 PM
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What are backstabs?
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The backstabs are the little round holes on the back of the outlets where you can plug in the stripped wire. Not a very reliable connection in most cases.

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