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The BIGGEST Mistakes DIYers Don't Know They Are Making When Wiring Receptacles | How To

In this video I show you some of the most common mistakes that are made when installing receptacles. Some of these are not done by just DIYers, I have seen professionals make some of the same mistakes. Hopefully this will help with some things I have found to look out for or at the very least, a good reminder!
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  1. How To Home

    How To Home

    3 ай бұрын

    So these are some of the most common mistakes I have observed and even been guilty of in the past. Which ones did you find helpful and are there any that you think could be added to this list? Thanks!

    • Ron Ramey

      Ron Ramey

      16 сағат бұрын

      @JoeWaylo Gaming been there cost me 2 refrigerators

    • JoeWaylo Gaming

      JoeWaylo Gaming

      20 сағат бұрын

      Not hiring a professional when your house is over 70 years old and has no Ground in it.

    • Ron Ramey

      Ron Ramey

      2 күн бұрын

      Checking screws after positioning wires for receptacle placement

    • Robert Satterfield

      Robert Satterfield

      5 күн бұрын

      @Karson apparently you misunderstood what I said. I didn't say throw caution to the wind, merely that it's not as simple as your hand slipping along the bulb to get shocked. I mean, I don't know how you grab bulbs, but I've never had a problem of getting anywhere near the threads! Furthermore, I also didn't say the likelihood of getting shocked was absent, but again the question was about starting a fire...I have never heard of anyone starting a fire from being shocked. Also, all lamp cords are supposed to have a spaded neutra for the very purpose of preventing the threads from becoming energizedl, if they don't have it someone most likely replaced it with the wrong plug. If whatever is plugged in does have a factory installed non-polarized plug, though, that means it was designed and tested and UL listed that way and doesn't matter which way the receptacle is wired, depending on how the plug is positioned it could create a reverse polarity in the device/appliance, but it is 'designed' that way and safe!Any again, you say that some sockets are old and the threads may have become exposed...this is a separate issue that 'should' be addressed and is not directly related to reverse polarity, and I was simply agreeing that reverse polarity in and of itself does not cause fires.. And again for clarification, in no way am I suggesting it's ok to wire receptacles in reverse or that it's safe to do, just that have never seen or heard of a case where a fire was started because of it (and I have been in plenty homes where someone had done that and it had been that way for years before I came along and fixed it..

    • Karson


      5 күн бұрын

      @Robert Satterfield Semantics? Is that what you're up to here? Rhetorical.. I won't be checking for anything more from you. We won't ever agree on this. The threaded portion of a light bulb is live once it has been screwed in far enough for the first thread to engage. Many light fixtures are old. Not all have a polarized wide spade plug. I was going to ignore but it's important you don't convince someone to throw this caution to the wind. Do you WANT someone to get shocked? 🙄 Internet can be a useful tool but not when there are some who mess with you. In the end try to rely on common sense.

  2. SarcasmForDummies


    27 күн бұрын

    I am not a professional electrician but have done a lot of electrical work myself due to not having the finances to pay a professional. I always research and make sure that I'm doing it the right way. Years ago I had to read the books that I still own and would make sure everything was done right. Today having the ability to see videos like this is an amazing thing. The learning process is far faster when seeing visuals. I have a quick project today and was just refreshing myself; so thanks!

    • Frank Rosemeck

      Frank Rosemeck

      3 күн бұрын

      @jay haines Yeah - this guy is a handyman, not a sparky. I've seen him give hack advice in the past - sadly, most of his viewers take his word as gospel. This is a classic case of a little knowledge being a dangerous thing...

    • jay haines

      jay haines

      5 күн бұрын

      @universalask no. The part where he says that using both screws is wrong. The thumbnail shows that

    • universalask


      6 күн бұрын

      @jay haines what do you mean feed through. The one where he was complaining that two wires were attached to one screw?

    • jay haines

      jay haines

      8 күн бұрын

      However, guys like him, are giving incorrect information. There is nothing wrong with using the receptacle screws for feed through. Im a Master Electrician, with 35 years experience. This guy is not an electrician.

  3. Geoff Marton

    Geoff Marton

    Күн бұрын

    Your videos are great - thank you! I'm pretty handy with electrical in my home, but have definitely picked up a few great tips here, and I'm always looking to learn. Here's a question: I saw years ago on Holmes on Homes, Mike said that outlets are almost always installed upside-down in homes (ground down). I've since noticed that in most commercial buildings they're ground up. Digging around a bit, it varies as to whether this is simply a call sign of a union electrician, or for one or more practical purposes (I lean toward the latter). For over a decade, I've been following the "Holmes" method in my home - ground up. First, if something slides down the wall, it hits the ground first if a plug is a little loose. Second, when plugging something in below your waist, it's likely whatever is on top makes contact first (even though the ground plug is usually slightly longer) - and of course you'd prefer that be the ground. On the back side of the outlet, the ground wire would also usually be on the bottom in the 'typical' setup, whereas with a ground-up installation, the ground wire would provide some degree of protection from gravity affecting wires and debris inside the box over time. His points all made sense, so I've followed his advice. He did mention that if an outlet is installed at or above chest height, it makes sense to go ground-down for that setup, which also makes some sense to me. What are your thoughts on this?

    • Brian OKeefe

      Brian OKeefe

      19 сағат бұрын

      I thought I'd prepare a wise a** answer to this 'which way is up' question by just checking my GFI outlets for the way they labels are printed (engraved) LO .. they are printed BOTH ways so TEST and RESET are readable either way the device is mounted Who'd a thunk???? I do have an outlet expander/USB charger hub that connects over a standard double outlet and the labels are 'correct' when installed ground down. My 2005 Florida house (Brevard County) has all outlets ground down ..... fun question!!

  4. Tracy


    Сағат бұрын

    Thanks so much for the clear directions and I appreciate the explanation of the "wrong" way of doing things, too. There's quite a bit of "wrong" in my old home, but I'm slowly making updates.

  5. Nathan Hale

    Nathan Hale

    5 сағат бұрын

    I pretty much knew or had assumed all of that but that combo bit was amazing! A long time ago when I was in my mid teens a friend from church who had been a contractor all his life was helping me build a patio cover at my house and he had these odly shaped phylips bits that fit the drywall type screws so well it almost never slipped but I haven't been able to find bits like that ever since. They worked even better than the bits with the little ridges or teeth at the tip.

  6. Cirpius


    9 сағат бұрын

    I felt really confident in my abilities but there are a few things in here that would have made my work easier. Thanks for the quality video and explanation!

  7. Capn Louie

    Capn Louie

    Ай бұрын

    As a long time DIY-er, I found this very helpful and informative. It also helped me with an issue I had where my Arc Fault breakers kept tripping. -- The "electricians" did the "back stab" for all the outlets. Once I (properly) looped them on the terminal, the issue went away. Thanks.

    • John Fischer

      John Fischer

      16 күн бұрын

      Arc fault breakers....what a bad idea those were.

  8. Kyle Elliott

    Kyle Elliott

    Күн бұрын

    Good video! I've done quite a bit of electrical DIY in the places I've lived and have come across pretty much all of these examples....I've also done most of the things in the video only to go back and redo them because I didn't feel right leaving them as I did. The one thing I have not done, although I've seen it when taking out old outlets, is the double stack....even as a DIY electrical "novice" I knew better then to do that. Thanks for the tips and keep up the good work!

  9. James Patterson

    James Patterson

    2 күн бұрын

    I'm a Home Inspector and I always try to watch videos like these to keep learning what to look for. And for my self for my own application that I can handle. Love your videos very informative. Thank you.

  10. Mark Romanowski

    Mark Romanowski

    2 күн бұрын

    Make sure to tighten down the screws you don’t use. These can work out over time and touch your box walls. In older homes that have metal boxes this is an issue.

  11. Dennis Owen

    Dennis Owen

    2 күн бұрын

    Thank you for posting this video. I've got an issue with my whole house. It's been wired reverse polerity since built. Even all the way to the fuse box. When we bought the home we had an inspection done and the guy told us this. I even went so far as to request that the polarity issue be resolved before we took possession. It was not done. Any suggestions. I'm worried about an electrical fire.

  12. robert h

    robert h

    Ай бұрын

    Super simple stuff- other than the double stack I’ve still caught myself doing all the other mistakes! Not good when you risk burning down your house, maybe with your family and yourself in it. Thanks for your videos, I’ll be checking through them time to time for instruction or reference before I get into projects👍🏻 I’ve learned the hard way 2 bazillion times that a quick second to watch and be sure I’m prepared can save some brutal headaches.

    • How To Home

      How To Home

      Ай бұрын

      Your are welcome. Really glad to hear when a video is able to help folks. Thanks a lot for the feedback!

  13. sam12587


    Күн бұрын

    My first electrical project was my kitchen 20 years ago. I went to replace outlets last year and I found many of these mistakes by myself and the electrician that helped me. Good news is I learned my lesson over the years.

  14. George Dennison

    George Dennison

    Күн бұрын

    Gonna have to pick up some of those new bits. Something I was taught 50+ years ago is after the loop is placed around the screw, use the funny lookin' offset tip of your stippers, if you have te right brand, & squeeze the loop tighter around the screw. The electrician who taught me that said the tip was designed that way for both tightening the loop, (you have make the loop too big, you aren't fighting to get the loop around the screw. The other design purpose is for making the loops to begin with. Hope that helps someone. The 'right' strippers are the one's which are red for solid wire & yellow for stranded. (Or vice-versa, after all the years, I still have to look at the stamping. (Are they Klein, I'd have to get up to look, & it's cold in the shop.

  15. Rob Rothwell

    Rob Rothwell

    13 сағат бұрын

    Clear straightforward instruction. Much appreciated.

  16. Javier Magdaleno

    Javier Magdaleno

    22 сағат бұрын

    Good job brother keep up the good work. sticking to basics and mastering them!! that's what people need to do and that's what you're doing.you're helping us.thank you brother.👍✌️💙🏇🏇🏇

  17. Fleedop Mogu

    Fleedop Mogu

    Ай бұрын

    Explained nicely in a efficient concise manner. Good video shooting as well as verbal explanations. I pretty much knew all this info but your presentation, concise treatment of info, and the efficient videography is all very impressive. Thanks. I REALLY especially liked the simple but extremely illustrative example of the clockwise tightening on the clockwise bend. Just fixed a DIYers circuit where the dude tightened all the connections and you could tell it was random the way the DIYer placed all the bends or hooks. The guy was a self professed "expert" but had no clue that a counterclockwise bend would spread out or widen upon tightening. ...... and I'm a DIYer, but someone taught me early on that the direction of bend matters.

  18. Mark K

    Mark K

    Күн бұрын

    Great instruction! Thanks for putting forth the effort! Definitely subscribing!

  19. Marvin Von Renchler

    Marvin Von Renchler

    17 сағат бұрын

    Great vid I didnt known any of that. My house was built in 1963. We noticed upon moving in that some of th receptacles had back marks like little smoke tracks coming out of the holes where the plugs plug in. Not both up and down though, only a top or a bottom and not all in the house. On some receps we get an arc or they dont work at all on the ones with the 'smoke' marks. Also, weve noticed over the years that some actual light fixtures wont give very long bulb life and we have to replace them many times more often than the others. Ive been told they are incorrectly wired, and I was going to open them myself until I saw this vid--now I think I should get a licensed electrician. What do those symptoms sound like? Should I keep my inexperienced paws outta these things?

  20. Jonathan Santos

    Jonathan Santos

    3 күн бұрын

    Thank you for talking about such safety issues and professional leads.

  21. Abner Leps

    Abner Leps

    Күн бұрын

    So one question How many times do you rotate your plug while pulling on it when you plug a device in? This is in reference to speed wiring I hear every electrician hate on it, but it was obviously designed to accept power that way Again, can you please give me a real world example of those wires backing out? I hear theory but nobody’s moving the wires or twisting and pulling receptacles while plugging or unplugging things

  22. BWGPEI


    Ай бұрын

    As an old technical writer, I am impressed by how well you demonstrate your points. Very nicely done!

  23. Bo Kali Saint-Wyatt

    Bo Kali Saint-Wyatt

    Күн бұрын

    Amazing there are so many working parts to a little receptacle! I am so glad I watched this!

  24. paullie wallnuts

    paullie wallnuts

    19 сағат бұрын

    Nice to know I've been doing it right, But I never knew about that strip gage and that bit looks awesome, Thanks.

  25. Robert Silva

    Robert Silva

    Күн бұрын

    Thank you very much for the demonstration it was educational keep up the good work 👍

  26. Ghost Shadow

    Ghost Shadow

    20 сағат бұрын

    I've seen union contractors run 16 guage pigtails and seen them pull wires back, zero slack when you need to remove/replace outlet/switch. Also seen them use bare wires for a pigtail.pigtails. Stranded wire should not be used, when I replace end on an extension cord I hit the stranded wire with solder so no loose strands.

  27. theINQBS


    Ай бұрын

    I agree with everything you said here EXCEPT the backstabbing method of installing wiring onto outlets & switches. I've worked in HUNDREDS of houses and have never seen backstabbed switches or outlets fail because of being installed this way. They're purposely engineered and manufactured to work in this fashion. Also, you don't need one of those bits as you don't need to TORQUE down screws for these connections. You gain nothing from smashing down the wires beyond a firm snug. I've been working with high end electronics for decades and this always irks me. Same thing with coaxial connectors! WHY THE HELL DO PEOPLE TORQUE THEM DOWN WITH A WRENCH???!?!? Hand tight is all you need as the goal is to ensure the copper core and outer sleeve remain in constant contact.

    • Picky Yeeter

      Picky Yeeter

      Ай бұрын

      I was a cable installer for years and I can tell you that just hand tightening coax fittings can cause future issues. Temperature fluctuations can cause the threads to work themselves loose over time, and less than a quarter turn loose can permit interference by signal ingress, even moreso when the fittings are poor quality.

  28. Charles DeMay

    Charles DeMay

    Күн бұрын

    Thank you for your INFORMATIVE VIDEO. I bought a OLD HOUSE, BUILT WHEN I WAS BORN (1952). There is quite a few of receptacles that I need to change out to save money, I do know about electronic equipment so I feel save doing it myself. I also need to replace light switches, I have several where there is more than one switch for the same light so I need to know how to deal with that, one has 3 switches for my kitchen light. Not sure about single pole double throw? Can you HELP ?🤔🤗👍

  29. Bobby Batte

    Bobby Batte

    2 күн бұрын

    In the past, I've backstabbed a lot of receptacles. After having to do service work, I'll never backstab again. I don't even like to use the receptacle as a junction point. Best to wirenut the splice with a pigtail for the receptacle.

  30. mvcnj


    19 сағат бұрын

    I am a DIY homeowner. Your bit recommendation is a great tip.

  31. rimmersbryggeri


    19 сағат бұрын

    Its a good idea to say why "reverse polarity" is dangerous. I dont know about the US but here is sweden we use a wiring convention that is called PEN (Protective earth, Neutral) which means that the earth and neutrals are joined in the breaker board, if you connect the live to the neutral post of your recepticle you may make every armature in your house live and make it potentially impossible to break the live at least on that cricuit. This once happened to me in an apartment with all new wiring. I was installing a light fixture in the living room, I had made sure to turn off both the wall switch and the breaker for that circuit but still got chocked while standing on a stool in the dark. It's a very scary experience but luckily I wasnt seriously hurt.

  32. joe


    Ай бұрын

    Sparky here. This is a well-done video of DIY. A few pointers: - Don't wrap the stranded wire around screw terminals. You have two options: 1: Splice a solid conductor to the stranded wire of the same gauge known as a pigtail. If you are short on box space due to the number of conductors in the box and CU size then your next option is to crimp on a vinyl-insulated snap spade terminal (Ideal makes them). Yellow will do 10-12AWG and Blue will do 14AWG. Personally, I use the Klein Tools T1710 crimper. It's a mil-spec crimper. If used properly your conductors will never pull out of the terminals. - Don't use the push-in connections behind the outlet. I have seen these fail. Take the time and strip the wire and install it under the screw terminal maintaining proper orientation.

    • Dog god

      Dog god

      Күн бұрын

      @jkrs712 Never considered the series wiring thing nice tip ...brilliant !!! The pro knows. Most newer homes I've seen are not wired that way ...goes to show the difference between a good electrician and an okay electrician.

    • joe


      2 күн бұрын

      @RealtyRocks ​My reply was not an insult. Just because you have not had a problem is not a reliable metric for your past performance for a DIY. This means you are performing work you do not have sufficient knowledge about and are not qualified to do. Let's get something straight about "cool codes". The NFPA-70 was written in blood because the whole code model is about safety. "You should tell me what I need to know to do it right". No, you need to do your research. I gave you options and ideas on where to start and you just want quick answers. That is not how this works. If you want to install your own wiring you need to learn to do it properly and stop cutting corners before you kill someone or yourself. If you sell that home you should disclose to the next homeowner you performed electrical work that consists of violations. You are creating dangerous scenarios and I sincerely hope you do not have other occupants who are sleeping in your home there at night. Next, you want to talk about town and permit fees. If you are pulling 1 circuit the charge would be minimal. This isn't a full brand-new construction. Finally, if this was a landlord scenario there is no way a landlord will install a new outlet and circuit at their expense for your convenience. You need a professional. Perhaps become friends with an electrician and barter a bit. Learn the basics of the trade instead of circumventing safety...

    • RealtyRocks


      2 күн бұрын

      @joe that's cool and all to pull permits and hire electricians to do the work but I've been doing my own electrical for years and never had an issue. If the state wants people to be safe they should consider doing the inspections for free and not charging for permits. Until they do I'll be doing my own work. Perhaps instead of trying to insult someone not being up to date on all the cool codes you should tell me what i need to know to do it right, because quite frankly im not going to pay someone to run some wire and hook up an outlet or 2. I am the home owner. If I wasn't I'd let the landlord pull permits and spend his money willynilly however he sees fit.

    • joe


      2 күн бұрын

      @RealtyRocks You are looking for a justification to leave a buried splice in the wall. This is evident based on your comment of it being on a GFCI circuit. When electrical wiring is installed improperly it is a fire hazard. This goes far beyond just that. If there is a loss of life due to a fire from faulty wiring, your Insurance company and an army of lawyers are going to investigate. They will find the cause and they will bring charges. If I were you, I would go to where your splice is cut a hole in the wall put an old workbox there provided you cut the hole properly and make your splice in the box for your extension. It will be ugly having a plate on the wall above the recepticle but at least it will be legal and no longer a hazard provided you installed the wiring and utilized proper techniques. Do you know how much of the sheathed cable needs to be left inside the box? Do you know how long the conductors need to be from the front of the box? Do you know what size wires nuts to use? These are code questions that come out of the national electrical code if you don't know them look them up. These exist for a reason. Also you should know that anytime you are pulling a new circuit you are required to pull a permit. If you are the homeowner doing the work you still need to get a permit and you will be allowed to do the work and then you need to have it inspected. If you are not the owner of the house you are required to get a license electrician to perform the work and that is of course, if the landlord agrees the work can be carried out. Also I would like to point out one last thing if you think that pulling a cable without a permit you can get away with it if something happens think again, there is a burn in date on the cable. Do not underestimate electricity and the hazards that it poses.

    • RealtyRocks


      2 күн бұрын

      @joe but it is it likely to be unsafe if I left it? I mean unless it's a fire hazard im going to leave it. It is connected to a GFCI so any issues it should be protected I would think

  33. William Contreras

    William Contreras

    Күн бұрын

    Thank you for your time. We have a few outlets that no longer work. I hope that after we replace them they will all wk again.

  34. Marie Jones

    Marie Jones

    11 сағат бұрын

    Good education as I'm trying to learn. I like your explanation & it makes sense

  35. Phantom Vasqman

    Phantom Vasqman

    6 минут бұрын

    thank you, it's been a while since I replaced mine. no problems but now I'm wondering if I should check them.

  36. Dog god

    Dog god

    Күн бұрын

    Thank you ... okay you taught me something... I do like the combination bit very nice appreciate your video Sir.👍👍👍

  37. Rick Hansen

    Rick Hansen

    3 ай бұрын

    I was aware of the mistakes you pointed out, there's one more that could go on your list that I'm aware of, if only one wire is going on the hot and neutral terminals, always be sure to tighten the screws that are not being used so the heads are not sticking out where a person could accidentally touch them or contact a ground wire when pushed into the box . Was not aware of the different screwdrivers for tightening the screws, will pick one up. Thanks!

  38. Tony Hampton

    Tony Hampton

    Күн бұрын

    Just a helpful hint: When showing the final result or a comparison, give a few more seconds and use graphics to highlight the difference. Yes, people can pause, but that's troublesome. Your presentation is great, but make it more "Idiot proof" and you will be more helpful.

  39. Russell Grindle

    Russell Grindle

    Күн бұрын

    Very clear video and explanation. Thank you.

  40. Misty Grider

    Misty Grider

    14 сағат бұрын

    Bare copper can easily come in contact with the screws same as over stripped wire

  41. Adam Morin

    Adam Morin

    3 күн бұрын

    Great video! Thank you. Your nails and cuticles are spectacular.

  42. Step on a Cracker

    Step on a Cracker

    2 ай бұрын

    I helped a father in law wire his house (He was a certified electrician). An older gentleman that had been an electrician for over 25 years. He told me one thing that I have always remembered and passed on to many DIYers. "Black to brass to save your ass!" Easy to remember and can save your life!

    • Jeremy Miller

      Jeremy Miller

      2 күн бұрын

      @joe I guess you are to damn stupid to read!! Because I actually even state the very things you said. Neutrals and grounds are tied together and they are tied to a 10 foot ground rod as well. I realize the earth ground wire is not always bare and never claimed otherwise. I just stated that on a 3 prong plug it will always be on the same side as the neutral wire. Go back under bridge that you came from you little troll.

    • joe


      2 күн бұрын

      @Jeremy Miller Ground and neutrals are only tied together in the main panel. Sub panels the bonding screw is removed. Sometimes the ground wire isn't bare. It also goes to two ground rods and not just one.

    • Japer Electronics

      Japer Electronics

      25 күн бұрын

      @Deno03 Exactly. There are some appliances it kind of matters. The charger is class 2 isolated, so the output is completely floating compared to the input. The transformer inside the plug has spacings and tapes that make it impossible for the input and output to touch. Some appliances are either line or neutral referenced. Meaning the 5V bus that powers the electronics ride the sine wave. The advantage of this method is that it is cheaper as this bus can be created without an expensive transformer and some motor controls need to know the position of the sine wave to trigger. In a Class 2 isolated scenario you would need expensive optical isolation to trigger the motors. Even with this non isolated scenario appliance makers assume and test for miswired houses. I think they assume as high as 30% of homes are miswired. The earth ground wire is a critical safety feature and that should never be miswired. Appliance cabinets are tied to earth ground for safety.

    • Deno03


      25 күн бұрын

      As a non certified electrician, I can assure you that it doesn't matter. All you're doing is creating a circuit. Look at the box that allows your phone to be charged. It doesn't have different blades on it. It can be connected in both ways.

    • SLiMBOiU


      Ай бұрын

      @Featherless lmfao hilarious, and untrue also. racists are just ignorant to the fact that humans are the same if they look like you or not. god bless you featherless

  43. Wes Works

    Wes Works

    Күн бұрын

    Thanks for the video it was awesome and gave me some good insight.

  44. Cancel19


    20 сағат бұрын

    Great job with your excellent video!

  45. Lynn Skinner

    Lynn Skinner

    Ай бұрын

    I've never done any electrical work. It always sounded simple but scared the crap out of me. And now I can see I was smart not to touch it. It's more complicated than I thought it was. So Props to all the people who know what they're doing. You're appreciated.

  46. G Jones

    G Jones

    Күн бұрын

    I like 20amp receptical that allow you to just put straight wire under a plate that is tightened by the screw

  47. Francis Family Adventures

    Francis Family Adventures

    18 сағат бұрын

    Great info. Well done video!

  48. Dennis Mathias

    Dennis Mathias

    Күн бұрын

    I swear those terminals look gold to me on both sides. What am I missing?

  49. Randy Barraclough

    Randy Barraclough

    5 күн бұрын

    Great tutorial, dude. I've been doing this stuff for years and it's amazing the wiring blunders that I've seen. You explain it very well for the home DIYer. (Who shouldn't be doing it in the first place). But, they do and you have made the basics very understandable. Thanks.

  50. Risus Sardonicus

    Risus Sardonicus

    Ай бұрын

    Great video. Something worth pointing out, there are round cutouts at the base of the mounting tabs. They are to be used as wire strippers 12,14 gauge ,solid or stranded.

    • Kareem B.

      Kareem B.

      27 күн бұрын

      Eaton does but Leviton does not. In any case its not a great way to strip wires

    • Ga No

      Ga No

      Ай бұрын

      VERY few brands have that feature from what ive seen.

  51. Hey Johnson

    Hey Johnson

    22 сағат бұрын

    Had my house rewired and needless to say less than a year later i had 3 outlests turn black from alnost burning up my house.

  52. Anthena Sales

    Anthena Sales

    19 секунд бұрын

    Thank you, this was very helpful. Now to Home Depot.

  53. Hamilton Cruz

    Hamilton Cruz

    Ай бұрын

    I’ve seen a lot of these mistakes around my house changing the receptacles. As for myself doing the replacements, this video of the explanation of doing it right and safely replacing them, had helped me a lot better.

  54. Rick Hall

    Rick Hall

    Күн бұрын

    Thank you for your presentation.

  55. James Dietz

    James Dietz

    2 күн бұрын

    Very helpful!

  56. Daren Vongrad

    Daren Vongrad

    19 сағат бұрын

    Can you also stick it in the holes in the back ?

  57. Bill Hallett

    Bill Hallett

    2 ай бұрын

    Great video man!! Son of an electrician here, Architectural designer by trade. I watched my pop do a lot of wiring as a kid and am a confident DIY electrician around my own home. I certainly don't know everything but love learning. The combination screw bit you showed at the end is an incredible innovation for electricians. I'm buying a set today!

    • John Dorian

      John Dorian

      5 күн бұрын

      but do you really need that much torque......... you can cause just as much damage as good if you torque it to tight.

    • James Kennedy

      James Kennedy

      Ай бұрын

      👏👏👏for this video. Years ago I was taught that the black wire went to the brass screws, white wire to silver screws. I was also taught to be careful with electricity, it’ll earn your respect. I done away with our garbage disposal, which the on/off switch had a receptical also, I took it out put in a wall plug, put black wire to brass screws, white to silver, but no power, the breaker is on

    • How To Home

      How To Home

      2 ай бұрын

      Glad you liked it. Those bits really do make things so much easier. Enjoy them! Thanks a lot for the feedback!

  58. Mark Klawiter

    Mark Klawiter

    Күн бұрын

    When I co-taught basic housewiring to high school students the mnemonic we used was the Beverly Hillbillies theme..."oil that is, BLACK GOLD, Texas tea..."

  59. Robert C

    Robert C

    3 күн бұрын

    I do a lot of DIY including finishing and wiring my whole basement years ago. I cannot even remember how I wired my recrptacles but I never know there were so many tricks. I wish I had not made too many mistakes, but I surely will avoid making any down the road thanks to this video. Thank you, Adam.

  60. Jill Davidaon

    Jill Davidaon

    Күн бұрын

    Please show me the best way to form the hook of the wire. I’m new at this.

  61. Jeremy AE Goggleson

    Jeremy AE Goggleson

    2 ай бұрын

    Oh man, I'm so glad this appeared on my KZonlines home page! This was incredibly informative for this DIY'er. Your explanation, demonstration and understanding was extremely helpful. Also, I was today years old learning about the Robertson bit, I had no idea it existed. I've been loving the torx bit and cringe at all philips and flatheads. I'm going to look for the Robertson right away. And I loved the 1080p60 video, so clear and sharp. Thank you sir!

    • How To Home

      How To Home

      2 ай бұрын

      Glad you liked it. Thanks a lot for the feedback!

    • Jerod Lammi

      Jerod Lammi

      2 ай бұрын

      I've used that tcx bit a few and didn't like it. I tried it on several different things and it seems like it just didn't grip the way it should have. I usually just use a Phillips and if the screw has any damage I'll pull out a flat head. Many older screws seem a little soft and easy to damage. Many people over tighten these screws which can damage the threads. Over time the connection becomes loose, which creates heat and potentially fire.

  62. Bill Swink

    Bill Swink

    2 күн бұрын

    Good info, thanks.

  63. gene gene

    gene gene

    Күн бұрын

    " outstanding 👍"

  64. Uncle Jimmy

    Uncle Jimmy

    Ай бұрын

    Awesome video man! I just subscribed! Love how you explain the possible consequences of incorrect installation, I was always one of those kids who asked "Why?", you did well explaining it. I recently installed new high hats and some outlet receptacles in a few rooms of my house. Would have been great to have seen this video before I had started. It would have given me a little more confidence in my work. Watching this video does give me comfort because I did not do any of the no-nos he listed!

  65. DCC


    3 ай бұрын

    Adam, as always, your videos are spot on and very insightful! Question: I'm considering adding a DIY mini split to a converted garage as living space and it's just shy of 600SF. I keep running into major pros and cons with the various manufactures e.g., Mr. Cool, Senville, Ductless,Aire and LG list goes on. I nearly purchased a 18K Mr. Cool then reviewed their BBB rating which is terrible for customer support. Any recommendations? Thanks Dave

    • Jerod Lammi

      Jerod Lammi

      2 ай бұрын

      If you get a mini split that is vented to the outside, I'd make sure you have it sloped toward the outside and keep it clean with the drain clear. I've been dealing with these things causing the floors to get wet and smelly. They're great when set up properly and kept clean.

    • DCC


      3 ай бұрын

      @How To Home Thanks for the advice. I'll do more homework on the brands you mentioned.

    • How To Home

      How To Home

      3 ай бұрын

      You are going to find pros and cons with all of them. It just comes with the territory of those units. The Mr. Cools seem to be pretty good units, very DIY friendly. Not sure about their customer service. That seems to be hard to find these days. Usually end up talking to someone in another country. Tosot makes a good unit, Mitsubishi, Daikin, some like the Senvilles. I will say I worked at a place that had an older LG unit and we ran that thing all of the time. It did a good job. We did eventually break it though after a number of years. But I have experience with LGs customer service and its not great either. I will be installing a mini split on my garage in the next year after I get the attic foamed and door insulated. I have not decided which unit I will go with but I will probably look at the Mitsubishis, Daikins, and Tosots when I do. Really glad to hear you liked the video. Thanks a lot for the feedback!

  66. Dennis Chiapello

    Dennis Chiapello

    Ай бұрын

    Wow, I learned more than I expected to! Well presented, especially in showing the practical logic behind each of these. The counter-clockwise turn is something I have done, and I always noticed the wire moving out of place--but my brain didn't make the connection, either! I rarely do anything electrical anymore, but I can at least approach the occasional easy-fix with more confidence.

  67. CupidStatFunt


    2 ай бұрын

    Thanks for this, particularly the clockwise/anti-clockwise thing. I'm an occasional DIYer and knew about the hooks and trim length but never knew that the hook was supposed to go in clockwise. I'd randomly insert it in either direction and thought the reason the wire slipped out sometimes and stayed put others was down to poor quality control on the terminals. I've even wedged a flat head next to the wire to stop it popping out while I tightened. Thanks!

    • disana allen

      disana allen

      15 күн бұрын

      @Lauren L dfeytetrrtrtrrrtrrrrrtrtttttrytttrrrt

    • Lauren L

      Lauren L

      20 күн бұрын

      I'm left handed and although I know this, I catch myself going the wrong direction or twisted wires together the wrong way then wondering why the wire nut doesn't feel right! Thanks for the reviews, helps alot

    • CupidStatFunt


      Ай бұрын

      ​@all my exes R insane A fool is one that doesn't learn. I reverse engineer most things I do, and often improve the process but this one thing got me. It's largely because I've only ever installed 8 outlets and 6 of them just happened to be the right way round, so, when I hit two that weren't I questioned the slightly cheaper outlets I'd switched to instead of myself. I observed the wire slipping out and devised a graceful lever mechanism to insist that it stay in place as I tightened. Talking of jacking up cars, the first time I ever changed a brake pad it took two hours for the first wheel but the last time I ever changed one, the second wheel, only took 15-minutes. I was barely 17 and, although the parking brake was of course on, I had no idea about blocking the tires at the time. The wind was blowing hard and my leg was totally fine because nothing happened but you almost thought it was going to be an interesting story.

    • CupidStatFunt


      Ай бұрын

      @brian ​In my defense, I've never had an issue with the exception of this one thing - one thing that How To Home thought was a common enough mistake he made a video about it. Also, in case my words misled - the flat head screwdriver is only there while the electricity is turned off to ensure the wire doesn't slip as the screw tightens. It counters the effect of the screw pushing the wire out, and everything is securely held in place before the flat head is removed. Everything is then insulated before turning the electricity on and testing polarity/ground, then the electric goes off again while the outlet goes in the wall. One more go with the receptacle tester and a quick run round with the non-contact so I don't think there's any additional risks.

    • all my exes R insane

      all my exes R insane

      Ай бұрын

      My pet peeve over the years has been: Seeing so many people NOT examining their own methods, NOT being safe. A fool leaves sharp tin or wires falling into roof insulation. A fool jacks up a vehicle WITHOUT tires blocked, emerg. brake On. I can think of a dozen more examples. I can accept humble suggestions from others. If I disagree, I explain the physics of Why. Seems like most women (that I've been around) "just want the damn thing fixed, & they want it done YESTERDAY! 🐷😵‍💫💩😠

  68. Rick M.

    Rick M.

    6 күн бұрын

    I was always pretty careful to make sure I was doing it right, even as DIYer, EXCEPT the screwdriver. I don't use a phillips for the exact reason you stated, but a larger regular seems to do just fine. I have actually stripped/overtightened using just a regular, so never saw the need for even more torque. But, probably will order some of those cool bits you showed if I do another big project.

  69. N1NJ45 PH33R M3

    N1NJ45 PH33R M3

    6 күн бұрын

    Great and informative video. I have DIY books but your posted video that is clear, concise with pros/cons and buying guides are just phenomenal. Bought the SCX bits immediately for a project next weekend. Immediately subscribed. Thank you for your hard work and time behind the scenes to get this valuable information out to the general public.

  70. Old Timer

    Old Timer

    7 күн бұрын

    Great video. We retired and downsized a few years ago. I went around checking all the switches and outlets and found many wired incorrectly and even damaged. Wish everyone would watch this.

  71. Joe Blow

    Joe Blow

    11 күн бұрын

    One of the best electrical videos I’ve watched. Your examples go right down to the point. I knew most of these but watching your video definitely!

  72. Robert Ford

    Robert Ford

    Ай бұрын

    Great stuff. Clear, simple, informative. "Looping" or "hooking" is actually a skill that takes a while to develop. Another option is to grab "preferred" outlets (receptacles) that have square pressure plates under the screw terminals, slide the stripped but still straight copper under them and hog the screw down tight. Solid connection, lots of contact area, much easier. Don't ever use the holes for "backstabbing". Worst possible way.

  73. Electrak E20

    Electrak E20

    Ай бұрын

    @5:40, I don't recommend using stranded wire without soldering the strands together. A stray strand could shift out and bridge the gap to a metal box (or possibly the ground conductor). Most say on them not to use stranded wire in the 'push-in' connection locations, I recommend avoiding it if you can.

  74. Reginald Dean

    Reginald Dean

    46 минут бұрын

    Good job and Very professional

  75. James Ross

    James Ross

    2 ай бұрын

    I've been doing property work and renovations for a few years now. I've seen these and so much more. Once saw a fuse box (not a breaker box) double and triple tapped, ungrounded. It was incredible.

  76. Thomas Graversen

    Thomas Graversen

    Ай бұрын

    As an electrician in Denmark, i find it odd that you guys are having problems with "backstabbing" your receptacles and switches. In Denmark we have been using screwless/toolless terminals on our receptacles and switches since 1981, and we don't have any issues with them. Another thing i find odd, is that you use different screws for different wires, while the rest of the world can define a terminals use with writing.

    • Y К

      Y К

      Ай бұрын

      You are lucky that you have not come across fake terminals. For a while, they work well, and then, due to the fatigue of the pressure spring, they begin to heat up and quickly fail. p.s. I am really happy with the good ones.

  77. Darrell Hunt

    Darrell Hunt

    27 күн бұрын

    In the 80s I renovated a 700 square foot cabin, taking it down to the studs and replumbing and rewiring it before pulling it all back together. Daily I marvel that the cabin hasn't burned to the ground or flooded. I closely and slowly followed the instructions of a good, DYI book, but I sure wish KZonlines and your channel had been available as resources. Good work, much obliged.

  78. Timothy Johansson

    Timothy Johansson

    Ай бұрын

    Good explanation. Also, double lugging leaves the head of the terminal screw sticking out farther. This is more prone to making accidental contacts. It's worth finding the good screwdriver tips. How many electricians have slipped off the head and stabbed their hand with a Philips or slotted?

  79. xShAnGhEiGhX


    Ай бұрын

    Just bought my first house, and after seeing this and knowing work was done to the wiring by the previous owners, I will now be checking all the wiring (with the breakers off) to make sure it's correct. Thanks!

  80. Carl Spackler

    Carl Spackler

    Ай бұрын

    Great video ! I was replacing a 2 wire outlet and the previous person took a small piece of the same type wire and had one end connected the green ground screw on the outlet and the other end hooked to the bottom screw that connects the outlet to the box. I left it there but always wondered if that was proper. Is it worth doing ? should I take it out ?

  81. Jud Crandall

    Jud Crandall

    34 минут бұрын

    Very helpful.

  82. Eric Lloyd

    Eric Lloyd

    Ай бұрын

    The existence of the ECX and Combination bits is a revelation -- I had no idea! The biggest issue with the Phillips fastener system is that they were actually _designed_ to cam out of the screw head to avoid over-torquing the fastener. Of course, if the bit is worn, this happens at a lower torque than intended, causing further damage to the tool and the screw along the way. This is why #2 Phillips bits are available in packs of ten or more. In fact, if an elderly friend or relative asks me to fix something with Phillips screws, and all that's available is the ancient, worn-out screwdriver they've had since the Ford administration, I'll tell them I'll come back, and bring proper, fresh tools. No sense making the problem worse!

    • Hondo Trailside

      Hondo Trailside

      16 күн бұрын

      Yeah, the ECX bits are a solution looking for a problem. Who says adding an addition 1/4 turn to a fitting isn't going to make maters worse. I would be loath to use those bits without a load calibrated screw driver, and set to the correct load. Combine that bit, a fat driver handle, with some guy with impressive strength and if nothing else you are guaranteed to have a non-conforming installation.

  83. igoski1


    21 күн бұрын

    IMO, the easiest way to know and remember which side to attach the wires are, the neutral or white wire is ALWAYS on the same side as the ground wire.

  84. Gerald Mattos

    Gerald Mattos

    2 ай бұрын

    I just purchased a receptacle looking very much like yours and I learned a couple of new things and I thank you for bringing this to all of our attention out here who are do it yourself installers in our own homes and that I really appreciate.

  85. Fooflighter


    Ай бұрын

    Great video, learned a couple things, I don't see many DIY channels explain things as clearly or with the details you include. Well done!

    • Culbyj


      Ай бұрын

      dude dont listen to these type of vids

  86. Ira


    19 күн бұрын

    Lots of good tips! And yes, I'm guilty of 2 or 3 things in that video (I'll never admit to it in court). But I never would have put two wires under the terminal screw! So many of us didn't have a teacher and we go by copying the work done previously which may not be correct. The worst I've seen was when I removed the wallpaper in the kitchen because it was outdated. Low and behold, there's an outlet box with 3 wires in it but no outlet. Wonder if that's hot? Sure nuff, it was. The wallpaper man wallpapered right over a live connection when the house was built.

    • Jerry Harper

      Jerry Harper

      6 күн бұрын

      The sheet rock man’l do the same thing too. Looks like the wallpapered conspired with the electrician since the connection was already made

  87. Fooflighter


    Ай бұрын

    Great video, learned a couple things, I don't see many DIY channels explain things as clearly or with the details you include. Well done!

  88. Chuck Nahlik

    Chuck Nahlik

    Ай бұрын

    I found this video very informative. I am not an electrician but an absolute DIYer and have changed out my share of electrical outlets. The most eye-opening for me where the new bits available for this type of project! Running out to the home improvement store right now!

    • How To Home

      How To Home

      Ай бұрын

      Glad you liked it. Thanks for the feedback!

  89. Christian Schultz

    Christian Schultz

    3 күн бұрын

    I love how Mark was almost an engineer and he didn't realize the symbols in the second room are all parts of a circuit: capacitor, inductor, resistance, voltage source, etc

  90. Gary Lamberd

    Gary Lamberd

    Ай бұрын

    Some receptacles have the same color screws on both sides. Just remember that the hot black wire and sometimes red always connects to the side with the narrow slot. The narrow slot side is always the hot side.

  91. peter palacios

    peter palacios

    6 сағат бұрын

    My response as an electrical engineer: "Get this junk off the internet." - Specify which type of equipment and circumstances will fail due to reverse polarity or sh* up. - Also, don't let the word "arc" escape your mouth if you don't provide arc formula.

    • How To Home

      How To Home

      23 минут бұрын

      I quit reading after engineer 🙄

  92. Le tien

    Le tien

    11 күн бұрын

    One of the best things is that he never takes credit for himself when he achieves something. He always respect us, the audience, and his team, and he is always polite in all of his videos. We congratulate ourselves on this achievement. More to come and everything to come :-O

  93. Jeffrey greer

    Jeffrey greer

    Ай бұрын

    Everything you have teaches in this video is spot on,I am not a professional electrician but have been working with electrical for a long time off and on and it's still useful for even me to have this brush up on how to.thanks so much and look forward to seeing more

    • How To Home

      How To Home

      Ай бұрын

      Glad you liked it. Thanks for the feedback!

  94. John Fernandez

    John Fernandez

    3 күн бұрын

    Damn. I can neither confirm nor deny abuse of any outlets I've wired over the years....and I've wired plenty. Excellent concise work here and just learned about that new driver bit. Cool. This is one video every homeowner should watch.

  95. Gerry Spraitzar

    Gerry Spraitzar

    26 күн бұрын

    I was informed by a master electrician (8/22), that attaching wires to outlets always use the terminal screws as you present in your video. However, he indicated never use the push in wire connections in the back of the outlet to make the connection. They have been directly associated with the cause of fires.

  96. John Dean

    John Dean

    Ай бұрын

    As a soon to be retired shop teacher, I have taught electrical trades. This is an excellent video on wiring outlets. I was not aware of the specialty screwdriver bits - always used the robertson # 2 - but will be looking for them the next time I am at the electrical supply store. BTW - I think your phillips head in the video may be a posi-grip or reed -prentice bit (both close variations) and not an actual #2 phillips.

    • bill


      6 күн бұрын

      They are nice but in most instances we are discouraged from using multi tip or sectional screwdrivers. A lot of guys do anyway.

  97. Robert Orion

    Robert Orion

    18 күн бұрын

    That is very helpful. Thank you. I am a home DIY guy and these tips will help insure that I do a good job on my next project. I had a practice that I would be curious to know what you thought of. I had a contractor working on my home years ago and he replaced a few electrical outlets in my home. I noticed he wrapped each outlet when he was done with electrical tape covering the terminal screws. He said it was just "extra insurance". He also vacuumed out each electrical box before putting the new outlet in place. Again, extra insurance he said. What do you think of those two practices? Are they good ideas, or not? Thanks for the video and whatever you can share on those ideas.

  98. Michael Millette

    Michael Millette

    11 күн бұрын

    Several times over the years I've had to replace live receptacles. The safest way to do this is to remove the ground wire first and put it back on last. We are naturally inclined and have been taught to remove the 'hot' wire before anything else and put it back on last to make something electrically safe while working on it. In many (or most) cases, removing the ground first is the safer move as it eliminates the largest metal area that is part of a circuit that would include your body if you accidentally touch the 'hot' side.

  99. zfg hbs1242

    zfg hbs1242

    14 күн бұрын

    Thank you so much i am strugling with hecarim a bit after his changes i found his porfile but i had no idea he streams i will watch him to keep learning and getting batter amazing video your channels are amazing for low elo players and higher elo players keep up what you are doing amazing content. (btw i got to master 200lp form gold this season thx to your guides and videos thank you so much

  100. D. Geo

    D. Geo

    Ай бұрын

    Thank you for this video. I happened to find it at the right time since I recently had an outlet fail on me and I plan to replace it. Apparently the outlet is wired in series with six other outlets in my kitchen. I couldn’t find any fuses blown in the fuse box and when testing each outlet I found no current going to any of them. Question I have is before I do the R&R I pull the appropriate circuit breaker but not all breakers are listed. Therefore with no popped breakers and no current found at the outlet how can I be sure to pull the right breaker? I enjoyed your video so much that I subscribed, thank you again.