Handyman Wednesday: Replacing a Plug

Hi! It’s Kevin again! It’s been a couple weeks since our last Handyman Wednesday on installing an outdoor patio light.  Today, I want to talk about a little problem we incurred last week on our bedroom desk fan: the decapitation of the plug. In an ideal world you never pull a plug out of the wall using the cord.  You do it right and pull the actual head that plugs into the wall, right?

Let’s say you don’t do it right. Let’s say that you pull the cord and tragically you pull the cord loose from the plug, leaving you with an electric cord without a plug on the end Another scenario would involve the destroyers of worlds your puppies eating the plug off the cord (which is what happened here… thank goodness it wasn’t plugged in!).

In either case, you’re left with a useless cord. Never fear; we can fix it – and here’s how:

Tools needed: Wire Strippers (Scissors or pliers will work), Screwdriver, replacement plug from hardware store

Replacement Plug

Replacement Plug

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Step 1. Strip the ends of the wire off (the insulation only) so you have exposed copper.  Chances are, there will be a bunch of little strands of copper together.  You want at least 1/2″ of exposed copper to work with.

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Stripped Wire

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Step 2: Fit the bottom half of the replacement plug over the wire.

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Replacement Plug Bottom Half

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Step 3: Unscrew one of the screws on the top half, and wrap one of your copper wires around it.  Then, tighten the screw onto the wire so it can not move.

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Step 4: Unscrew the other screw on the top half and wrap the other wire around it.  Then tighten it down.  When you’re done, it should look like this:

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Step 5: Fit the bottom peice of the plug onto the top piece.  It is very snug and you may require a screwdriver depending on your replacement plug.  After that, simply tighten the inlet of the bottom piece so if you do pull on the cord it doesn’t come loose.  Here’s the finished product!

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Have you ever replaced a plug before?  Anything you need help on for Handyman Wednesdays?  Why does the sun lighten our hair but darken our skin?  Why are there Interstates in Hawaii?

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6 comments

  1. Christine @ Casa-de-Christine says:

    Our puppy chewed the cord off our old vacuum before so we have had to do this once before too! My husband does the electrical work around here though.

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