How to Rewire a Plug

Load-shedding in South Africa looks to be dug in for the foreseeable future, which is why many South Africans are taking matters into their own hands and buying generators. This gives them complete control over the electricity in their homes. Some South Africans are choosing inverters over traditional generators. An inverter generator works similarly in that it uses a motor to generate electricity, but its electrical output is more refined. Inverters work by turning the motor’s AC power output into DC current. However, since many household electronics run on AC, the inverter smooths out the DC power and then converts it back to AC. Chances are pretty good that, if you have decided to take matters into your own hands and get an inverter generator, you will have to rewire a plug in the near future – it just comes with the DIY turf. So, if you aren’t exactly sure how to do this, here are some steps you can follow that should get you through the process safely: Step 1: Inside the insulation of the electrical wire that you want to connect to the plug there will be three smaller wires, also insulated. You need to cut the main insulation carefully to expose these smaller wires. Leave about three centimetres of the wires exposed. Step 2: Remove the insulation on the ends of the three wires, leaving about half a centimetre of copper wire exposed. Step 3: Twist the copper wire strands and then fold them over, doubling their thickness. Do this for each individual wire. Step 4: Unscrew the cover of the plug and remove it. If it doesn’t have screws, it most likely snaps off. Step 5: At the top of each plug pin there will be a little screw. Loosen these for all pins. Step 6: Insert the ends of the copper wires into the holes in the pins created by loosening the screws. The brown wire should be inserted into the pin on the right and the blue wire should go into the left pin. A good way to remember this is by the letters in the colours, where brown is right and blue is left. The green and yellow striped wire should be inserted into the top pin. Step 7: Tighten the screws at the top of the pins, fastening the wires in place. Step 8: Make sure the arrestor clips at the bottom of the plug are tight around the main insulation. These will stop the wire from slipping from the plug. Step 9: Replace the plug’s cover.

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