Installing a Power Socket:
Installing a power socket is a relatively simple task. Many home owners around Sydney with a person who fancies themselves as a home handyman might consider doing it themselves. A ward of cautiop n for you, it may be better to get a professional sparky in as doing this work yourself might not be legal or allowed, not to mention dangerous. One very important thing you need to keep in mind when carrying out any electrical work is certification and insurance.
You may not know it, but unless your electrical work has been carried out by a qualified electrician you may be breaking certain building codes that could void your insurance should there ever be a problem. Imagine being told by your insurance company that they won’t pay your claim because your wiring wasn’t professionally done. It’s a nightmare scenario for most home owners, but it has happened.
Having told you that, here are the steps we would follow to install, replace or move your power points:
Step 1: Turn off the power to the entire building at the mains switch located in your home’s fuse or junction box.
Step 2: carefully unscrew the cover plate from the wall bracket. The screws are often hidden under little caps to leave a tidy appearance so you will need to pop these off with a sharp pick of some sort.
Step 3: before touching anything inside we need to make 100% sure that there is no voltage left in the wirs of the house. Many a unsuspecting sparky or home owner has turned off the main power only to be electrocuted by residual current still left in the lines.
Step 4: Note where the red and black wires are attached to the old receptacle. You may also see a green and Yellow wire, this is the ‘earth’ wire.
Step 5: Remove the wires.
Step 6: Re-attach the wires from the old power outlet to the same terminals in the new socket.
Step 7: If the wiring has a green/yellow ground wire, attach it to the green terminal on the back of the new power socket.
Step 8: Place the new power outlet back into the wall and screw it in using the same holes from the old one.
Although I have listed the instructions above, I strongly recommend getting the experts (me) in to take care of this for you. It is a fairly quick and therefore cheap job that when done properly using the right tools will ensure that the you and your family are safe and that all the relevant laws have been adhered to. This has the major benefit of guaranteeing your insurance company can’t use your handyman work to excuse not paying because a some little wires somewhere wasn’t up to standard.