GE Smith Electric DIY Electrician Installing Electrical Switch with Screwdriver on White
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To replace a standard non switched duplex receptacle, follow these steps:

  1. Turn off the power to the receptacle from the main fuse or circuit panel.
  2. Unscrew and remove the cover plate; then use a voltage tester to make sure that the circuit is dead. (Insider Tip: If you do not have an electrical tester use a working lamp or radio to ensure the outlet is dead. NEVER turn off the main circuit breaker for outlet replacement.)
  3. Unscrew the receptacle from the electrical box and pull it out with the wires still attached. Note where the white and black wires are attached to the old receptacle.
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