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How to Install Electrical Outlets : Installing the Ground Fault Interrupter on an Electrical Outlet

How to Install Electrical Outlets : Installing the Ground Fault Interrupter on an Electrical Outlet


Hi I am Drew Fendy, master home inspector.
I have been inspecting for over 24 years. Today we are going to describe how to install
an electrical receptacle for Expertvillage.com. Okay, we are ready to install the outlet ground
fault interrupter remember our coating before we blacked the brass, silver for the white
and green for the ground. So we are going to insert the wire. Then we insert the white
wire and we tighten it up, and make sure they are good and snug. The ground wire we need
to bend it over and get it so it is in a clock wards position from the ground screw,. Hook
it on and tighten the screw. Remember it is going to be clockwise so when it tends to
tighten, it tightens tight. When you are all done it should have contact around at least
three-quarters of the screw should have the wire underneath it. So no we have got all
wired correctly and again in the box we do not want to just jam it in. We want to bend
the wires and get them up, bend them down, bend them up and this way, bend them again,
they will slide in real nice. You should put it in a little bit of angle and line up the
screws up top, screws down below and we secure little bit on the top, little bit on the bottom,
finish the top. Do not tighten it all the way yet and let it a little loose so we can
still move it around. We have one last adjustment, make sure everything is nice and vertical.

  • Stargate is right, it is a no briner. I've done electrical work foe 34 years and am state licensed. But what if it had 2 cables? You need to know the line side. Its also a rework box its being installed in and the ears need to be cut from the device to fit properly. But Kii777, I understand you too, I'de charge 70.00 plus material to do this. But really, most people attempting this task will study and be sure of the procedure. Others will call an electrician.

  • Just a question but…what method do you perfer, back stabbing…back wire…or the good old fashioned screw terminals…………………..
    Screw terminals is the best way to connect wires to any device opposed to the other methods. GFI's have side screws that you tighten when you insert the wires in the rear. They do not tighten well with 14 AWG wire. Back stabbing method is used by lazy electricians and everyone else that does not know any better.

  • An outlet can be any direction you want, the NEC has no restrictions. It's up to you. And just to clarify, it dosen't matter if you take money or not, if you are not a licensed electrician working for an electrical contractor or a homeowner doing work on your own home, it's a felony. Big fines and jail time included. And if you don't think a friend will turn you in if what you do burns down their home or someone gets hurt or killed, think again. Friends are replaceable, don't learn the hard way.

  • If you look closely on most GFI outlets, the words test and reset are written both rightside up and upside down if you are doubting the outlet direction still. And screw terminals are the best connection. Even on a GFI. Just because you can put the wire in the backside clamp, doesn't mean you have to use them.

  • this guy is an idiot, your suppose to hook up the ground first then the neutral, then the hot. this guy needs to go back to school.

  • It may look dodgy, but being that in the US, the average outlet is only 110v~120v (outlets for ranges, some woodworking shop tools, and dryers are 220v), and there haven't been many problems, maybe the occasional electrical fire, but that is usually the case of improper wiring

    In Europe however, the voltage is much higher, which requires a much safer form of wire, so the wiring codes are different, but as long as you have a breaker or GFI, there isn't much to worry about if it trips properly

  • You are right for the most part, but you are not required to remove the "ears" off of a receptacle when using a "cut in box" (technically called an old work box), of course it is a better idea to do so, but as long as the plate fits on, there's no problem, it's just those "ears" can be bent forward making it hard to put the cover on, having the "ears" on though does dissapate heat, and even though there isn't much heat on and outlet, out never know if you have a heavy load

  • Actually yes, but it is very hard to wire an outlet hot, the idea is you only touch one wire at a time, if you touch hot and neutral or ground at the same time, you will get electricuted, as electricity will go to the fastest way to ground, meaning through you and to the ground or neutral, also you have to connect ground, then neutral, then hot in that exact order

    If you do exactly that, then you can safely wire an outlet when hot, but just one brush against one of the other wires,

  • and you will gt zapped, better idea if you turn off the breaker or GFI first, you can do this by either shorting the the hot and neutral (without touching contacts), or my hitting the breaker switch or GFI button

  • Why does he need to tell you how to install a cover plate? This is an instructional video of how to properly wire an outlet, what, you don't know how to put on a cover plate yourself?

    @ crissegur, what? An outlet can't be installed upside down? I have seen upside down outlets everywhere, they still deliver 110v~120v of power to items that require it, it's not like it's going to switch polarity or something is going to fall out or something

  • im not asking him to show me how to put on a cover plate. im saying if he were to do this in someones house you could tell hes not certified. if the outlet is upside down and you put a plug in where the wire just goes right down you would put tension on it and possibly break it. he put the hot and nutral on before the ground thats not electrician work. dude if you were an electrician you would see whats wrong with this!

  • You are right that ground must be installed first, then neutral then hot last, but that is only if you wire it hot, this is also the same reason why you shouldn't have a switched neutral, the number one rule for do it yourselfers is to shut off the breaker or GFI leading to that outlet, disconnecting both hot and neutral, and when there is no power going to an outlet, you can wire it up any way you want without a problem

    It's just your question was "Where's the cover plate"

  • and the answer to that is, who cares?

    The point is, this video wasn't meant to show you how to install an outlet how an electrician would, but instead where the wires are supposed to go, what color means what, and how to get an outlet to work and not cause problems with things connected to it, so for do it yourselfers, this video is perfect

  • As for the upside down thing, I have yet to see a wire or or plug break on an upside down outlet, and in some areas (like behind a desk or in a ceiling), it wouldn't be a problem, and the only thing I can think of that would put tension on a wire or cable would be a person walking over it, which is a tripping hazard anyway

  • dude your talking to a certified electrician this guy dont know hat hes doing. look at al the other comments people are saying

  • Do you mean the wires on the plug itself? I've seen some replacement plugs (like the kind you use when a wire to a lamp or something gets cut), those are usually screwed together

    The point I am trying to bring up is, he may be breaking a lot of electrician codes, but if a do it yourselfer just wants to replace a broken outlet or add a net outlet somewhere, this video will be able to help them do it

  • How about this, does the mistakes that he makes lead to any saftey problems? (given the breaker or GFI is off)? And when something gets plugged into it, will it do any damage to the item (other than the plug breaking)? Like could it cause a fire, shock someone plugging something in, damage an electronic device like a computer that is plugged into it, etc.?

  • Another poor video from expert village. This guys is an inspector? Maybe… But it doesn't matter what order the wires are attached as you can see the circuit is dead & there is no feed-thru. The NEC also has no requirements for the ground being down or up. Its all customer preference & the familiarity we all have of the ground being on the bottom. Same thought goes with the face plate screws being all vertical vs, horizontal.

  • ok now, the recepticle really has no rightside or upside-down installation, and also if you have the grounding pin up it decreases the risk of droping somthing onto a plug that is partially plugged in causing a short between the hot, and nuetral in turn damaging the appliance, plug or tripping a breaker

  • i never install my gfi's upside down and never had a problem… want to enlighten me why its a good idea other then looking silly?

  • I would say yes. However if you look at the two screws on the sides of the outlet, there is a small tab like piece of metal connecting the two screws.(look at a new outlet first to see what I mean) This piece of metal is removed if their is a switch that controls half of the outlet for lamps and such.(no ceiling light in that room is a good indicator of this situation. If a switch works half the outlet you MUST remove the tab on the new outlet to match the old one. Hope this helps.

  • gfci's are not like other receptacles. You suppose to insert the wires in the back and TIGHTEN the screws as he did.
    Yes, very important to explain which is the load and the line.
    TAPE? Never saw such clue in the code, however it is a good practice!

  • For a previous inspector, the most important was left out. What about turning off the power before working on electrical outlets???

  • looks like hes rewired it so most likely hes finnishing ends before he connects in to the distribution board , why would he need to turn off power if it aint connected
    ?

  • Regular outlets have holes in the back….Why is it OK to use the holes on the GFI and not the regular outlet?

  • Yes, the years should be cut off!
    GFCI' s are mechanically built to insert the wires in the back because they get really tite by the screws! Also the sides become free to insert the receptacle in a regular deep box. Cheers – mdcorreia

  • Did he install this upside down? I know NOTHING about electrical stuff so I could totally be wrong… But in a standard outlet the two insertion holes (vertical lines) should be above the circular hole in the outlet???

  • The outlet is upside down because if something metal falls down the wall it will land on the ground prong instead of shorting out the hot and neutral wire.

  • what happens if my outlet has a red wire 2?
    cuz mine has a black wire, white wire, copper, and an awkward red one
    what do i do with the red wire?

  • it tightens,it tightens tight. that's what she said.lol in the box jam it in? that is what she said.lol got to love sex jokes.

  • how to install a switch and and plug in, i dont know if im using the right terms, but, a can turn lights on and off and connect my cellphone charger

  • @deanodean123 They've just got different regs over there, nowhere near as good as ours!!! Is that an RCD hes installing?

  • master home inspector?
    leave the electrical work to real electricians, liscensed and trained profesionals – you are a hack wanna be electrician and you are taking business from real electricians- you also installed that gfci outlet incorectly- old work instalations need the ears removed from the outlet so that the finish plate sits flush on the wall- if you were an electrician you would have known that- i rest my case- stick to home inspections

  • @patwregan
    That's what i was thinking. For a second the surname "master" and the video series "expert" threw me off. He didn't wire the load. And the install demonstration was meager. There are better, more informative videos out there done by "amateurs".
    Thanks a lot expert suck off!

  • of all people, being an inspector You fail to mention what amperage (gage) romex wire is being used in order to determine what size amperage receptacle to install…
    Fail! Fail! Fail! why! why! why!

  • @usersimdave
    That is actually the way this type of outlet was meant to be used when it was first made =)

  • can I replace a toggle on/off switch with an outlet. I have a switch in my kitchen from an old garbage disposal and it's no longer needed,can I take it out and put a outlet in ..in it's place? thanks

  • @patwregan
    May I guess? You're electrical contactor and give that advance to save work for you, cause only thing you can do in your life is clamping wires in the terminals. I'm sure, that you can't calculate anythyng clever like cable heating or loses in the cable.

    Due to my agenda opinion, you can't calculate exercise on Kirghoff's law and you don't know them at all. Specialist.

  • Dmitrytln- i believe you meant kirchoffs law- look it up einstein, and no i do not use it much, but i also do not make video's claiming to be an expert at it like you portray yourself
    voltage drop and heating loss is all the same to me and not an issue when cables are sized properly, but are also easily calculated if nessary
    yes i am an electrical contractor and guys like you scare the crap out of me- KIRGHOFF-RHYMES WITH WHAT WE CALL GUYS LIKE YOU

  • Back stabbing does not make as good a connection as wrapping the wire. Don't be so lazy and take a couple of more seconds and do it right.

  • It is installed upside down the neutral wire which is the white at silver connection is supposed to be at the left and the hot wire at the right

  • @patwregan
    It'll be real shame for me replace the outlets having license. You know, my exams at university were 50 times difficult than replacing outlets and now I'm feeling myself real specialist after getting diploma.

    And who said you, that all of homeowners are rich to call contactors for doing simple works? Maybe heroinesellers have money to replace the wiring every month, but I'm not sure about usual people. Better to teach them how to it themself correctly.

  • @Dmitrytln I know lots of people who are intelligent and capable. I don't trust 95% them with live electrical equipment of any kind. Just because you know about electricity does not make it safe to play with live electrical equipment. Your university degrees don't increase impedance through our body, does it? Do it safely or get someone who can do it safely. The reason most people call an electrician, is because an electrician is familiar with the equipment and methods of installation.

  • @komputeruser
    What prevents you and other people to turn circuit breaker off and work on disenergized circuit? What prevents you to buy book with NEC and read it? It's easier than ever. By the way, if the person don't know how to do it let he call electrician.

    We are not speaking here about installing high voltage transformer, it is usual outlet and all equipment for such work you can buy in the near building shop.

  • I gotta stop watching videos from expertvillage because on the comments someone always points out something that the person in the video did wrong.

  • @Techozek

    1. You're an idiot, earth almost never has insulation.

    2. What are you even talking about? Explain that one better.

    3. Can't blame him for saving time. I'd rather tighten it in two seconds than 30.

    4. Unless you are working on live wires, insulated screwdriver is worthless.

    To the uploader, great video! To all the other haters, it is not upside down, he did that on purpose for safety reasons.

  • @Techozek Look, I didn't come here to get in some argument about electrical wiring, I was only making sure that anyone reading the comments knew that this is not the worst possible way to wire an outlet (like you made it sound) and as for the difference between codes in the US and UK, who really gives a fuck? My house hasn't burned down with the codes here and yours hasn't burned down with the codes there. Also, for someone from the country that invented English, your grammar is terrible.

  • @Insignia96 Actually it is pretty super terrible. If you are being instructed to install it using the "plug in method" as is being done here, it is pretty terrible. When installing a receptacle, you want to have maximum surface area of connection between the wire and the receptacle. Instead of wrapping around the screw to get a good connection, what you are getting here is |/ with only connection at one point. terrible.

  • Actually unless you're connecting a GFI plug in series with another outlet you leave the yellow cover piece on, it covers the load connections which you would not typically use in a single outlet box.

  • ExpertVillage doesn't care about the content, only the ads. Short broken up videos mean more ads. Having to sort through the whole series to find the information you're looking for = MOAR ADS!

  • My understanding is upside down plugs are a signal that states the socket is operated by a switch. Go check it in yer own house!

  • no electrician worth their salt will use those little holes in the back, if its too much trouble to just bend the end of the wires to go in the direction of the screw tightening, then you shouldnt do it at all, get someone that will take the time to do it right, or you will do it again

  • I don't know many REPUTABLE electricians that suggest or recommend the "push in" wiring, especially on a GFCI outlet.

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  • I don't really like upside down receptacles, but I know this is just to familiarize the procedure to the homeowner schmo.

  • I have old early 90s style outlets that needs replacement in my home. When I check the outlets, There are multiple wires going into the same screw. Some outlets will have 2 black, 2 white, 2 ground wires. Others will have 3 black, 2 white, 2 ground wires. I mean the outlets themselves are 15amp. I took one out to replace and it had like 2 ground wires going onto the same screw (green). Don't know what to do, since it won't fit more than one on the same screw(s).

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