When I was busy reading today I went to plug in my lamp, and found that the plastic on the plug had fractured, and the inside of the plug was exposed. If someone came along and stuck their finger or some metal into it they could get a shock.

Plug with fracture



Replacing the plug was the next step, and I thought it would be a good idea to let people know how to do it, as you will likely need to do it at some point in your life. These are the steps (and all you will need is a screwdriver, and a new plug):

  1. You will need to remove the screws off the plug’s cover with a screwdriver.Plugged In Electricians Plug 5
  2. You will see three different coloured cables. The colours will be brown, blue, and green/yellow. If it is an older device (e.g. a lamp), the colours may be red, black, and green. You can see that the cables are held in to a hole in each pin by a screw, so simply get your screwdriver and untighten and remove the screws to remove the cables.
  3. Plugged In Electricians Plug 3

  4. Open the cover of the new plug, and attach each cable to their pins. Facing upwards, the brown cable goes to the bottom right, the blue to the bottom left, and the green/yellow to the top. You can also see letters inside the plug corresponding to where the cables are positioned. The E is for the earth cable (green/yellow), the N is for neutral (blue), and the L is for line (brown). Plugs may or may not have an earth cable as you can see in the above picture.
  5. The new plug cover should have screws on the inside of it, so take them out and put the cover back on using those screws to tighten it.


Hope it goes well