Replacing outlets with safer GFCI outlets is a simple project for beginner DIYers to bring their kitchen and bathroom outlets up to code.
One GFCI outlet at the beginning of a circuit protects all the remaining outlets on that circuit. If the circuit breakers aren't labeled, you can locate the proper switch by plugging a radio into the outlet you plan to change. Then place a piece of tape over the switch to make sure no one accidentally turns it back on while you're working on the outlet.
I did a bathroom remodel and needed new wiring installed since the old wire was knob and tube and tied into all the lights into the house.
They electrician gave me a parts list to buy so I could save money.
Properly childproof your outlets by installing Tamper Resistant Receptacles.
These receptacles have spring-loaded shutters that close off the contact openings, or slots, of the receptacles.
AFCI protection is currently required for all 15 and 20 amp branch circuits providing power to outlets* in residential family rooms, dining rooms, living rooms, parlors, libraries, dens, bedrooms, sunrooms, recreation rooms, closets, hallways, and similar rooms or areas.
For more info on AFCI outlets from Leviton, click here: Leviton AFCI Outlets.
Special thanks to Doug Olson at the Richfield Home Depot Pro-Desk for letting me know about this code section that just took effect.
Once the 2014 NEC is adopted, both outlets * An “outlet” is defined in the NEC as “A point on the wiring system at which current is taken to supply utilization equipment.” This might mean a light, a smoke alarm, or a ‘receptacle’. With this new requirement now in effect, I’m guessing the demand for AFCI outlets is going to skyrocket.
Home Depot sells AFCI outlets for under , but they currently only have white.
If there are two pairs of wires entering the receptacle's box, separate the wires from the box into two pairs of one white wire and one black wire.