How to Wire a Plug

Plug, Socket, Wall, Electric, Power, Cable, Electricity

Many people want to know how to plug correctly when wiring new plugs. This is a basic and practical skill. But, to make sure the process goes smoothly, you need to know what you are getting yourself into. A faulty plug can cause an accident. Faulty wiring can lead to burns and electric shocks. According to statistics, of over 29,000 accidental electrical fires in England, 18% were the result of plugs, cabling, or wiring. And of these, 51% were caused by faulty electrical supplies, while 33% were the result of faulty leads and appliances. If you connect the circuit wires to the wrong outlet or the wrong terminal, then the outlet itself will work. However, the polarity will be sent backwards.

Meaning that a lamp, for instance, will have its bulb socket sleeve energized instead of the tab inside it. In the electrical box, you should connect the black wire colours (hot wire) to the brass coloured terminal. While the white coloured wires (neutral wire) go to the silver-coloured terminal. If you connect any of the wires backwards, the polarity gets messed up. Of course, a plug can fail for a number of reasons. Like loose wiring or a blown fuse. If you have a faulty plug, it’s time to replace it. The good thing is, there is a simple solution to your problem. Here, we will show you simple steps to follow when you wire a plug. Take a look at the steps below on how to wire a plug safely.

Shopping List

  • Sharp knife
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • New 3 point plug
  • Wire strippers or wire cutters

Beginner-Friendly Steps for Wiring a Plug Safely

3-Pin BS1363 Plug as used in the UK and Ireland

Take the screwdriver and remove the old plug head. Start by taking out the central screw, which is more than enough