Wiring That Plug!

Wiring a three pin plugHello everyone and welcome to our new series of DIY tips This week we will be looking at how to wire a plug!

A plug has three screws, two at the bottom holding the cable in place and the centre screw holding the plug itself together. Inside the screw are three wires which are: Earth – Green or Yellow (Previously Green) Neutral – Blue (Previously Black) Live – Brown (Previously Red)

The first step is to cut the wires to the correct length so that they will fit into their connector’s approx 4cm, then with a sharp knife remove the outer insulation on the wire without damaging the inner insulation. Bend back the outer insulation and remove enough for the wires to fit into their connectors so approx 1cm of outer insulation should be removed. You should then twist the wires of each and bend them in half for a secure grip then insert each wire into their appropriate connector. The earth wire goes to the top connecter, the bLue to the Left and the bRown to the Right!

Next tighten the screws over the connectors and you can then put the plug back together starting with the bottom screws to keep the cable in place and lastly the middle screw to fasten the plug itself. Remember you should always be safety aware and make sure the plug is disconnected from the socket and the appliance is switched off and always make sure your plug has the right fuse for the appliance it is connected to. Check with your appliance information for advice on this

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