Things You Will Need
- Flathead screwdriver
- Electrical tape
- Caulking tool
Exposed electrical wires may cause damage to objects and pose a severe fire risk. Contact might also bring injury to those coming in contact with the wires.
Wires can become loose over time if not maintained properly. A slight movement in the cover of the outlet can cause the wires to slip.
Immediately repair the loose outlets and re-tuck the wires inside the walls.
- Turn off your home's main power switch, or the main breaker contained in the fuse box. This will prevent possible electrocution while you fix the loose electrical outlet.
- Snap off the cover of the outlet using a flathead screwdriver. Unscrew the screws at the sides of the outlet cover with your screwdriver.
- Pull the outlet box from the wall without disconnecting any wires. Locate the blue tab on the top-right corner of the box. You should also see a clamp holding the outlet box to the wall.
- Loosen the screws securing the blue tab. Hide the support pieces of the outlet; place them behind the wall to make it easier to tighten the clamp.
- Stick the shims of the outlet through the opening; place them at the bottom and top edges of the outlet opening. Use electrical tape to stick your bottom shim in place. Use caulk to stick the top shim.
- Place the electrical box into your wall and retighten the clamps with a screwdriver.
- Replace the outlet cover with the outlet-cover screws, tightening them with your screwdriver. Turn on the main breaker to return power to the electrical wiring.