How to Turn an Electrical Outlet

If it's been installed upside down, right it with these instructions.

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Sometimes a flip of the switch won't do it. Here's how to flip the outlet

Materials and Tools:

voltage tester

miniature slotted screwdriver

slotted screwdriver

wire cutters

Steps:

  1. Turn off power to the outlet at the breaker box. Use a voltage tester to make sure the power is off.
  2. Remove the faceplate and the screws holding the outlet in the junction box with the slotted screwdriver. Gently turn the outlet until it's oriented properly.
  3. Check all wires to make sure no copper wiring is exposed. If you can see a gap between the ends of the insulation and the outlet, remove the wire with the miniature screwdriver and trim the exposed wiring with the wire cutters.
  4. Insert the wire back into the outlet and tighten it so the insulation fits flush against the back of the outlet.
  5. Replace the outlet and secure with screws. Replace the faceplate and turn the power back on.

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