Upgrading the electrical wiring in your home can seem like an intimidating task, but it doesn't have to be! With some basic knowledge, the right materials, and a trusty screwdriver, I can upgrade my outlets to handle more amps in no time. This will allow me to plug in more high-powered appliances without tripping breakers or overloading circuits.

Gathering the Right Materials

Before I start this project, I need to make sure I have all the right materials on hand. Here is what I will need:

Turning Off the Power

Before doing any electrical work, I need to shut off the power to the circuit I am working on.

With the power off, I can now start the rewiring process safely.

Removing the Existing Outlet

I will first need to remove the existing 15 amp outlet from the electrical box:

With the old outlet removed, I am ready to install the new 20 amp replacement.

Installing the New 20 Amp Outlet

Installing the new 20 amp outlet involves connecting the wires properly:

With the outlet wired up, it's time to restore power and test it.

Turning Power Back On and Testing

The final steps are to turn the power back on and make sure the outlet is functioning properly:

Upgrading my outlets took some basic electrical knowledge but was ultimately simple with just a screwdriver. Now I can utilize the outlets to their full potential without overload concerns. Handling small electrical projects safely is very rewarding!