Perhaps you have a project that requires some basic wiring. Maybe you want to lengthen a wire of an appliance without buying another extension cord; replace a broken electrical plug, or even assemble an electrical plug for a newly bought appliance. You’re also probably wondering how to assemble a plug. Well, by the end of this article, I will enlighten you to the easy steps in assembling an electrical plug. So no more delay. Let’s get right into business.
Make sure you’re ready.
This isn’t really a major step. Instead it’s a reminder that should be default in the first place. Get the right tools. You will need a razor cutter, some pliers, and a screwdriver. If you don’t have a razor cutter, you can use a sharp pair of scissors, but expect yourself to be doing it three times longer. Procure the needed materials. Get enough length of twin wires (two wires insulated separately but are together) if they’re needed. If you’re just fixing a plug, you probably don’t need it anymore. Get a Type A male plug or any other type of plug, depending on which type your sockets accepts. Male plugs are usually found in hardware stores. And finally, acquire some electrical tape.
Split and peel.
Using the razor cutter or scissors, split the twin wires for about an inch and a half from the end where you plan to attach the plug. Peel the insulation from both wires. Make sure they’re split by the time you’re peeling them so that it’s easier for you. Expose to about one inch of the wire from the end. You should see the inner copper wiring beneath the insulation. It’s most common to see the inner copper wiring in a group multiple strands.
Open the plug housing.
As you unscrew and uncover the main plug housing, be aware of what you’re going to find. You’re most likely going to find just one basic part. So when you open the housing, which is composed of two enclosing parts, you can see the base of the metal pins which you insert into the socket. They have screws at the base, and that’s where you’re going to anchor the wires around.
Twist the strands of copper.
You can use the pliers to effectively twist the multiple strands of copper into one unified strand. Don’t twist them too much, lest you cut the copper strands off. It’s possible to do this by hand, assuming that you don’t have a pair of pliers, but you’re going to end up with blisters on your fingertips.
Anchor the strands of copper around the screws at the base of the metal pins.
You will have to unscrew them a bit so that you can wind them around. As soon as each wire is wound around each screw at the base of the pin, tighten the screws to fasten them there.
Finally, put it back together.
Place the pins, now with wires attached, back inside the housing of the plug, and there you have it! You’ve successfully assembled your own plug.