No matter how sturdy your lighting sockets are, there will come a time or two when you need to toss your old ones and shop for replacements. Here are a few installation tips on how to put in those replacement sockets right:
Turn it off
Remember: safety first. So always make sure the power is off. If you’re changing the socket of a lamp or any other appliance, unplug it before you proceed with anything.
Turn the break off
If your breaker panel comes with labels, then that’s going to make it easier for you to figure out which knobs to turn down. Just turn off the breaker that channels power to whichever section of the property that you need to fix.
Find the breaker
If your breaker panel doesn’t come with handy labels, then you need to find the right breaker instead. Turn on the light switch then go back to the breaker panel and start turning the breakers one by one. Stop when you find the right one. It’s a bit time consuming but it works. You can go a lot faster, though, if you have someone else manning the breaker panel, LifeHacker suggests.
Map your breaker panel
To make things easier on you the next time this happens, map out your breaker panel now. That’s going to come in handy in the future. It will also save you time when you need to put in new sockets, outlets or bulbs. Also, keep in mind that you might not be the only ones to work with that breaker panel in the future. So ditch labels like “Tony’s bedroom.” Go for labels like “L corner bedroom” for better detail.
So keep these tips in mind the next time you need to replace any of your sockets. And always make sure you get them from trustworthy shops.
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