Replacing two-plug outlet with one plug + one guidelight

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With age, light switches and plugs can stop working or get broken and need to be replaced.
You might want to replace them for decorative purposes with those of a different color or style.
Now, All two-prong plugs should be replaced with grounded, three-prong plugs for safety purposes and to bring the home up to current building codes.
This house repair guide provides reliable information you can use to determine if this is a job you want to do on you own or if you’d be better served calling an electrician.
The job requires basic DIY skills, but does involve electricity, so that’s always a major concern.
An electrician will be able to replace a single outlet or plug in 10 to 30 minutes depending on the complexity of the job.

Light Switch and Plug Outlet Replacement Tips

Our purpose here is to outline the scope of the project for you, so you can make the determination whether to do it yourself or to hire a contractor for the job.

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You go to plug in the sweeper and nothing happens. So you take your sweeper to the next room and try to plug it in there. The sweeper comes on, but it won't reach the area that needs to be vacuumed. Then you try to find an extension cord and it takes you twenty minutes because you have to take the one that is hooked up to the garage light. You know how much a repairperson will cost to fix the outlet, so you keep putting it off. It is not a hard job if you know how, and parts cost very little.

The first thing you need to do is make sure that the plug outlet is actually bad. If you plug something in and you get no electric current at the plug, make sure the item you just plugged in works by going to another outlet and plugging in the same thing, so if it comes on you know you are not getting current at the other plug outlet. Next, check the fuse box or breaker box to see if you accidentally threw the breaker or blew a fuse. You also need to check it with a voltage indicator....

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Convert single plug power outlet to double plug

When working on any electrical fitting in a house, turn off the main switch on your distribution board. Never, ever work on electrical fittings without turning off the main switch. If, when removing cover plates from light or power sockets, you notice that the wiring is different to that shown here, or any irregularities, rather call in a qualified electrician to investigate.

After tiling the walls in my kitchen I decided the time had come to replace the old metal power outlet covers with modern, plastic covers.

1. Make sure electrical power is switched off on the distribution board. I can't stress the importance of this. If there are others in the house, let them know that you are switching off the power to ensure that it isn't accidentally switched back on again.

2. Remove the cover plate and then unscrew the back plate.

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The SnapPower Guidelight is a plug-and-play replacement for standard plug-in night lights and hardwired lights. It installs within seconds and requires no wires or batteries. SnapPower is designed to look like a standard outlet cover by day with beautiful LEDs that provide ambient lighting at night. These guidelights are not compatible with GFCI outlets.

EASY INSTALL – You don’t have to be an electrician or magician to install the Guidelight. It was designed for a truly simple, safe solution to the household nightlight. It does not require brackets, batteries, mounts, or wires. Just snap it on and go. FREES UP OUTLETS – You can finally use all of the outlets in your house. Don’t let standard, bulky night lights dominate your hallways, bathrooms or children’s bedrooms anymore. ENERGY EFFICIENT – The Guidelight cover plate costs less that 10 cents per year to power. With just the right amount of light, you can sleep easy now. SAFE FOR CHILDREN – The Guidelight...
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