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Learn to connect a plug! I will show step by step how to connect a 2 pin plug and how to connect a 3 pin plug. Wiring a plug is simple. You can do that!

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How to connect a plug

Wiring a plug is easy! I recently noticed that the 3-prong plug on my table saw was missing one of the prongs. I will show you step by step how I solved it. Plus, we'll look at wiring a 2-prong plug, which wire goes where, which side of the plug is the black wire, and much more!

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Index

  • Can I connect a socket myself?
  • What wire goes into each plug?
    • Wiring a plug: basics of a 2 pin plug
    • Wiring a plug: basics of a 3-prong plug
  • What tools do I need to connect a plug?
  • How to connect a 2 pin plug
  • VIDEO: How to connect a 3-pin plug
  • How to connect a 3 pin plug

Can I connect a socket myself?

Yes absolutely! Wiring a plug is an easy DIY project. As I mentioned, I recently noticed that the plug on my table saw was missing one of the pins. I replaced the broken plug with a replacement plug in less than 15 minutes.

I know that working with electricity can be intimidating. But do not worry. I'll guide you through each step and you'll seeplugging in a plug is easy to do.

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What wire goes into each plug?

If you've ever used an electrical appliance, you've no doubt noticed that there are two types of plugs. There are 2-pin plugs and 3-pin plugs. Next, we'll review the basics of which wire goes where in these two types of plugs. so i'll show you laterStep by Step how to connect a 2 pin plug, mihow to connect a 3 pin plug.

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Wiring a plug: basics of a 2 pin plug

2-prong plugs have a plug with two metal pins. When we look at a 2 prong plug we notice in most cases that one prong is slightly wider than the other.

The plug connects to a power cord. There are two wires inside the cable. When we look at the bead, we notice that one side of the bead has grooves and the other side is smooth.

These differences help us know how to connect a plug. The side of the cable with the bumps is connected to the wider pin. The smooth side of the rope is connected to the narrower pin.

2-prong plugs are usually found on small appliances like lamps, toasters, etc.

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Wiring a Plug: 3-Prong Plug Basics

3-prong plugs have a plug with three metal pins. When we look at a 3 prong plug we notice that one prong is slightly wider than the other and there is also a third round prong. When we look inside the plug we will see a silver screw, a green screw and a gold screw.

What are the colors of the wires in a plug?

The 3-prong plug connects to a power cord. There are three wires inside the cable. When we look inside the power cord, we see a black wire, a white wire, and a green wire. The green wire is connected to the green screw.

On which side of the plug is the white wire?

The white wire is connected to the silver or light colored screw.

Which side of the plug is the black wire on?

The black wire is connected to the gold or dark screw.

3-prong plugs are generally used on larger appliances like table saws, miter saws, etc.

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What tools do I need to connect a plug?

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  • pelacables
  • Screwdriver

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How to connect a 2 pin plug

supplies

Instruments

Step 1. Disconnect the plug

The first thing we have to do is disconnect the plug from the outlet.

Step 2. Remove the old plug

Cut off the broken power cord plug with autility knifeopelacables.

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Step 3. Strip the wires

We need to strip the wires to be able to insert them into the socket. First, we'll cut through the insulation to separate the wires.

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The plug has a gauge that tells us how much insulation to remove.

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so let's usepelacablesto remove the insulation. I placed the wire strippers on the wire. I gave it a few turns and took the wire stripper off the wire to remove the insulation.

We just want to remove the isolation. If we cut the wires while stripping the insulation, we must use a larger hole in the wire stripper.

I gave the wires a little twist to make it easier to wrap around the spark plug bolts.

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Step 4. Connecting a 2-pin plug

One side of the power cord has projections.

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And the other side of the bead is smooth.

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The side of the string with the bumps is connected to the wider bolt with the silver screw. The smooth side of the bead is connected to the narrower stud with the gold screw. Wrap the wire around the screw and tighten the screw.

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Close the cover and tighten the screws. Is that. The plug is ready to use!

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VIDEO: How to connect a 3-pin plug

Watch me plug a plug into my table saw in this quick video!

How to connect a 3 pin plug

supplies

  • 3 pin plug

Instruments

Step 1. Disconnect the plug

The first thing we have to do is disconnect the plug from the outlet.

Step 2. Remove the old plug

i used oneutility knifeto cut off the broken plug of the power cord.

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Step 3. Remove the insulation

Then remove the insulation from the power cable. We must be careful when making this cut. If we go too deep, we can cut the insulation on the wires. A cut in the insulation of the cables can cause a short circuit that can be dangerous.

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Step 4. Strip the wires

We need to strip the wires to be able to insert them into the socket. The plug has a gauge that tells us how much insulation to remove. I used the gauge to mark where to strip the wires.

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we are going to usepelacablesto remove the insulation. I placed the wire strippers on the wire. I did a few laps and took wire strippers off the wire to remove the insulation.

We just want to remove the isolation. If we cut the wires while stripping the insulation, we must use a larger hole in the wire stripper.

I twisted all the wires a bit to make it easier to insert into the socket.

Step 5. Connecting a 3-pin plug

The stopper has a silver screw, a green screw and a gold screw. The power cord has a white wire, a green wire, and a black wire.

The white wire connects to the silver or clear screw, the green wire connects to the green screw, and the black wire connects to the gold or dark screw.

After all the connections were made, I gave the wires a light tug to make sure they were secure. So let's close the lid and put in the screws.

Is that. The plug is ready to use!

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final thoughts

Now you know how to connect a plug. And I'm sure you'll agree that connecting a plug is easy!

First, let's disconnect the plug from the socket. Next, we'll cut the old plug off the wire and use wire strippers to strip the insulation off the wires. Then we'll connect the wires to the correct terminals on the plug and gently tug on the wires to make sure they're secure. Then we will close the lid and secure with screws.

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