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How to Change a Plug on an Electrical Wire

Updated on June 2, 2011

If you have come to this article, you are probably in need of replacing an electrical plug. Maybe your old plug is just becoming frayed with age or, if you're like me, your dog decided to chew your plug up.

Either way, you've come to the right place to find out how to fix yourself up.  It's actually a fairly simple, straight-forward process.  And you don't need an extensive tool collection to make this happen.  A screwdriver, wire strippers or a sharp knife, and about 10 minutes of your time.

I recommend you read all these instructions all the way through before tackling this to increase you're comfort level.  I promise it's easy.  I've compiled photos for almost every step, and provided a quick narration underneath the photos to help you out.  I hope this helps!

This was the disaster I started off with -- A vacuum cleaner with no plug thanks to my German Shepherd.  Notice her bone right beside it?
This was the disaster I started off with -- A vacuum cleaner with no plug thanks to my German Shepherd. Notice her bone right beside it?
This is a poor, closeup picture of the chewed wire.  The plug was completely shot.
This is a poor, closeup picture of the chewed wire. The plug was completely shot.
And here is the replacement plug.  Your new plug may vary, but they all practical install the same way.
And here is the replacement plug. Your new plug may vary, but they all practical install the same way.
Start by loosening the front screws.  The white piece should pop out with ease.
Start by loosening the front screws. The white piece should pop out with ease.
This is what the two pieces should look like when you've taken the front piece out.
This is what the two pieces should look like when you've taken the front piece out.
Before doing any wiring, slide the back piece over your wire.  After that's done, cut off any damaged parts of the wire with wire strippers or a sharp knife (be careful).
Before doing any wiring, slide the back piece over your wire. After that's done, cut off any damaged parts of the wire with wire strippers or a sharp knife (be careful).
Now strip the individual wires.  Insert the wires into the indicated slots (most modern plugs identify where each color goes).  Tighten the screws down snugly.
Now strip the individual wires. Insert the wires into the indicated slots (most modern plugs identify where each color goes). Tighten the screws down snugly.
After the wires are snug, move up the rear housing back over the front panel.
After the wires are snug, move up the rear housing back over the front panel.
Now tighten up those top two screws so that the wire is secured to the new plug. Now you're almost done...
Now tighten up those top two screws so that the wire is secured to the new plug. Now you're almost done...
Now find someone brave to plug the wire into an outlet and try out your appliance.  If you've done everything right, it will work.  If you screwed up, someone is getting shocked. Be careful!!
Now find someone brave to plug the wire into an outlet and try out your appliance. If you've done everything right, it will work. If you screwed up, someone is getting shocked. Be careful!!

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