How to Install Electronic Wall Sockets Yourself

How to Install Electronic Wall Sockets Yourself

Installing wall sockets yourself can seem daunting, but with the right preparation and safety precautions, it is quite doable for a DIYer. Here is a step-by-step guide on how I installed electronic wall sockets in my home.

Gather Materials and Tools

Before starting any electrical project, you need to ensure you have the proper materials and tools. Here is what I gathered before installing wall sockets:

Turn Off Power and Confirm It's Off

Before doing any electrical work, you must turn off the circuit at the breaker and confirm it is off. To do this:

  1. Go to your electrical service panel and identify the breaker that controls the circuit you'll be working on.

  2. Switch the breaker to the OFF position.

  3. Plug in and turn on a voltage tester at the nearest outlet on the circuit. It should not light up.

  4. Test outlets and switches along the circuit to confirm power is off everywhere before proceeding.

Remove Existing Electrical Box Covers

With the power confirmed off, you can now safely access the electrical boxes:

Install New Electrical Boxes if Needed

If you need to add a receptacle where there is no electrical box, you'll need to install new electrical boxes:

Feed and Connect New Wires

To add new receptacles, you'll need to run 14 or 12 gauge electrical wires from the existing receptacles:

Mount and Connect Receptacles

With the boxes prepped and wired, you can now install the new receptacles:

Attach Wall Plates and Restore Power

You're almost done! The last steps are to put everything back together:

With that, you can plug in and enjoy your newly installed wall sockets! Just take your time, follow safety procedures, and ensure proper electrical connections. Let me know if you have any other home electrical questions!