Knowing how to replace a receptacle in your home is a handy thing to know. We are sometimes tasked with replacing one of these as part of our Home Maintenance duties. It is not to be taken lightly. A healthy respect for electricity and a good working knowledge of proper wiring methods is essential. Choosing the right device is also key.
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The long-term reliability of electrical power connections -whether compression or bolted (mechanical) type, cannot be taken for granted. The following discussion should be an item on your ‘Home Inspection Checklist’ to be addressed at least every six months. It is a simple and effective means for early detection of a potential electrical problem that is not uncommon and that, if undetected is a potential threat to life safety.
The tell tale ‘early warning’ for problems such as circuit overload or loose electrical connections is heat. A build-up of heat in a circuit is not your friend. Nothing good will come from it.
Nationally, more than 40,000 fires are caused by faulty wiring each year. Older homes are particularly at risk for electrical fires. NFPA 73, Electrical Inspection Code for Existing Dwellings, contains guidelines which could greatly reduce your risk of electrical fire and or injury.