Fix a loose electrical outlet

How to fix a loose electrical outlet

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Loose electrical outlets are common problems in any home or business. They are also exceptionally easy to repair. In this post, we will talk about how to tighten a loose outlet, and what kind of things to look for when doing so. let's get started!

What to check out and tighten your outlet

You already know which of the huge outlets in your home or business have problems. However, many people forget about outlets they do not use often (such as the ones behind a piece of furniture or cabinet). And, chances are, if one outlet is loose, the others will also be loose. Usually, when checking your outlets, look for the following:

  • Loose faceplates
  • Loose outlets and wires
  • Frayed wires
  • Burns
  • Scorch marks

If you just have loose outlets and wires, it is safe to repair them yourself. However, if you find graffiti, wiring marks, or burn marks, the DIY approach can be dangerous. Instead, contact our team of electrical experts.

How to tighten a loose outlet and loose outlet wires

It is as easy as turning a screwdriver to tighten loose outlets and wires. No, it's so easy. However, before tightening all your outlets and wires, make sure to turn off the power for the outlet you are working on. You can turn off the respective breaker in your electrical panel. After that, you are free to tighten it to your heart's content!

To tighten the outlet, remove the faceplate with a flat head or Phillips screwdriver (depending on the type of screws used to place the plate on the wall). Then, locate the screw (s) that hold the outlet on the wall box. The outlet will have either a screw in the middle or a screw at the top and one at the bottom (some outlets will also have all three). Once you have found the screw, rotate it clockwise to tighten it.

To tighten the wires in an outlet, remove the faceplate and outlet from the wall box. Then, make sure the wires are well seated in their respective terminals. Then turn them clockwise and tighten the screws. After the wires are securely in place, place the outlet back into the wall box and return the screws. Then put the faceplate back and you're good to go!

Too Much? Contact Buldel

If you are concerned about tightening your outlet, you can always count on our team of professional power companies. Each of our electrical contractors in Buldel stands to help you with your outlet problems. So, if you are concerned about a loose outlet, or even a very bad electrical problem, do not hesitate to contact us!

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