How To Install A USB Outlet In Your Wall

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Ever find yourself juggling multiple chargers on a two-socket outlet? Fix that problem once and for all by swapping out a traditional outlet for one that includes USB ports. These work great in common areas like the kitchen!

Things you’ll need:

USB Receptacle
USB Receptacle Cover
Flat Head Screwdriver
Phillips Screwdriver
Needle-Nose Pliers
Wire Cutters
Cordless Drill
Wire Insulation Stripper

Safety first! Make sure to TURN THE POWER OFF to the receptacle you plan to replace.

Steps:

1. Remove the original receptacle cover with a flat head screwdriver
2. Take the receptacle out of the wall box. There should be one screw at the top and one at the bottom.
3. GENTLY pull the receptacle out of the wall. Begin disconnecting the 5 wire (2 black, 2 white, and 1 copper) by unscrewing the screws.
4. Remove the wires from the old receptacle (using a flat or Phillips screwdriver) and attach them to the new one.

The only trick here is attaching the different colored wires to the right spot:

Black (or hot) wires always attach to gold or black screws.
White (or neutral) wires always attach to silver or white screws.
Green or unsheathed wires (ground wires) always attach to green screws.

5. To attach the wires to the new outlet, use a pair of needle-nose pliers or a wire stripper to make a hook with the wire, loop it around the appropriately colored screw on the receptacle, then tighten the screw.
6. Once the wires are securely attached to the new receptacle, shove everything back into the electrical box, and screw the new receptacle into the box.
7. Turn the breaker back on. Check to make sure the receptacle is working, then install the faceplate on the new receptacle.

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VOILA! Did you geek out like me when you realized these outlets existed?

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