How to Wire a Plug

The installation of any new circuits or wiring in your home must be completed by a Part P qualified electrician. Failure to follow these provisions may result in difficulty selling your home at a later date, or in your house insurance being invalidated.

When completing any electrical work in your home, you should ensure that your work is checked by a qualified electrician prior to connecting your work to the power supply. It is also a good idea to receive a certificate stating that your work has been checked.

An important first step is to strip the wire. There are a number of specialist tools available to properly strip wires and cables. It is important to use the right tools. Otherwise, if you should happen to nick a cable or wire, it may lead to the electricity arcing and possible fire. To strip a cable, first nick the protective sheathing. Use side cutters, or preferably a wire-stripping tool. Holding the tool gently, slide the cable from where you have nicked to the end of the cable. Go gently as the sheathing will come away quite easily. Make sure that you have exposed enough wire to make a good connection. It is important to make sure that there is the right amount of wire. Too much could leave the wires overexposed, creating a potential fire hazard; too little can overstretch the wires and they may pull out over time.

To wire a plug, strip the wires and expose both the colour sheathing and the copper wire itself. Paying careful attention to which wire is live and which is neutral, slide the live wire into the live wire space in your plug and tighten. Next, thread the neutral wire into position and tighten down. Lastly, get the earth wire and slide into position, then tighten down. Pull gently on the cable to ensure the wires are properly fastened in the plug. Thread the plug cover back over the wires and you are done.