Simple Electrical Tips

Electricity is very dangerous,and it is not recommended for everyone to tamper with.However there are some small tasks that anyone can do at home,Like wiring/reconnecting a 3 point plug.

If it gives you nerves then , don’t hesitate to call an electrician near to you.

At least you cannot sleep in the dark ,travel with squashed clothes just because your iron is not working.

Maybe one of the plug cable is out.


Make sure that the circuit is dead,meaning zero energy no electricity before you touch anything

Since you don’t have a multimeter to test voltage-trace the cable and make sure its disconnected on both ends.

Also touch the pins to the ground to release an stored charge.

Especially when working with Electronic appliances that takes time to discharge.

Tools Needed to change A plug.

Basic tools are needed ,mostly found in most hardware shops.

  • flat small screwdriver
  • star/phillips screw driver preferable small or medium size.
  • A pair of sidecutters
  • a pair of pliers/tongue
  • wire stripper -(but not a must)

TIP:Never use knifes and kitchen utensils-its very easy to hurt/cut yourself with such tools.

And here is the Procedure as Recommended by Eskom

Wiring a Plug

Wiring a Plug

  1. Bare the ends of the three wires inside the electrical cord for about half a centimeter, by cutting away the plastic insulation.

  2. Gently twist the strands of copper wire with your fingers until each strand is tight.

  3. Fold over the twisted strands.

  4. Remove the plug cover by either “snapping” or unscrewing it.

  5. Unscrew the little screws on each of the plug’s pins.

  6. Insert the twisted copper wires into the holes in the pins.

  7. The green and yellow wire must always be inserted into the top pin (E)

  8. The blue wire is inserted into the left pin (the pin is marked with a blue spot or the letter N).

  9. The brown wire is inserted into the right pin (the pin is marked with a brown spot or the letter L)

  10. Tighten the little screw on each of the plug’s pins.

  11. Make sure the electrical cord is firmly gripped by the arrestor clips.

  12. Replace the cover of the plug.

changing a plug

You can watch the detailed step on Eskom Website.

I loved this video on Youtube.Watch it below.

Women can do electrical work and do it well.



For your electrical services,installations,maintenance and repairs in South Africa, you can contact Firstdirectory Electrical.

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