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How to Install a New Outlet with a USB Port

Technology is always changing and your home should reflect that. With this DIY project, you’ll be able to plug a USB cord into the wall just like you would a normal electrical plug. A simple upgrade courtesy of our expert, Michael Goldstein, AKA the Mensch with the Wrench.

Supplies:

  • USB outlet
  • Phillips and flathead screwdriver
  • Wire tester

Step-by-Step

  1. Remove cover plate
  2. Remove old outlet
  3. Detach wires
  4. Reattach wires to new outlet
  5. Screw in outlet and replace plate
  6. Turn on power

This easy task will only take 10 minutes and should cost around $25.

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2 Comments to “How to Install a New Outlet with a USB Port”

    Casey responded:
    June 2, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Sounds like alot of unnecessary work considering you could just buy a USB-to-wall plug converter for cheap. Most new phones come with them now. There are also surge protectors with USB outlets.

    dave responded:
    June 2, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    how about having people call a licensed electrician instead so they do not hurt themselves

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