Today I am going to teach you how to replace a plug. Now I know what you might be thinking, “Oh no Beth, I don’t do electrical…” I don’t typically mess with anything electrical either, but replacing a plug is so simple and will take you less than 10 minutes from start to finish. If you have a frayed cord or have cut clean through an extension cord or other appliance cord, this tutorial might save you a bunch of money. You can pin it and thank me later when you need it *wink*. (Your cord will definitely be shorter than it was originally, so you will have to determine if it is worth it or not.)
When my little Pomeranian was just a pup, she chewed clear through the cord of my just-purchased-never-used-brand-spankin’-new nail gun. I might have cried a bit. I put the nail gun back in the box and there it has sat–useless and puppy-defiled—for almost a year. A few months ago, I decided I was tired of being without a nail gun so I went to Lowes to find a solution. Why didn’t I do this a year ago?
All you need to buy is a new male plug like the one pictured below.
Step 1: Unscrew all of the screws on the back of the new plug and remove the center insert.
Step 2: Obviously do not plug in the cord that you are working on. Check the cord for all damage and fraying and cut off all damaged cord.
Step 3: Cut about 1 inch of the outer cable jacket with a utility knife. Use a light hand and be careful not to cut through the interior wires.
Step 4: Inside there will be some papery insulation around three wires. Remove the papery stuff and separate each wire to make sure they will reach their respective holes. Remember that the white wire will be attached to the silver screw, the green wire to the green, and the black to the gold. It is very important to put the wires in the correct holes!
Step 5: Using wire strippers, carefully strip the insulation off of each of the three wires. Twist each wire end together to make insertion easier.
Step 6: Place the white wire into the hole with the silver screw and tighten the screw with a screwdriver. The wire will catch on the screw and attach securely. Place the green wire in the hole with the green screw and the black wire in the hole with the gold screw and tighten each in the same manner. Tug on each wire to ensure that they are securely attached.
Step 7: Place the insert back into the plug cover and screw in place. Ta da! You have just replaced a plug!
Now you can go forth and continue enjoying that appliance or extension cord. Just be sure to watch out for cord-hungry Pomeranian puppies on your way :).