This was my first experience with electrical work and it was much easier than I anticipated so I figured I would share a how-to. I did a little research and an electrician would charge anywhere from $100-$200 for this type of work. The actual outlet only cost about $5 so I think it's totally worth it to DIY this one!
1. Figure out your circuit's current in order to purchase your new outlet. Most household circuits are 15 amps. However, some appliances, such as the microwave may need 20 amps, as was the case with mine. You can tell the difference because a 20 amp outlet has a "T-shaped" prong hole, whereas the normal 15 amp outlet just has straight prong holes.
|New outlet and cover|
2. Turn off the electricity to your outlet via the circuit breaker!!!
3. Remove the existing outlet by unscrewing the top and bottom long screws. Note the colors and how the different wires are attached. The black wire is the "hot" one, which carries the current, the white one is neutral and the brass/bare one is the ground.
Now I am hoping that I get the energy on New Years Day tomorrow to install the under-cabinet lighting! Has anyone else installed under-cabinet lighting themselves? I'm considering doing some above-cabinet lighting too, but I can't decide... any thoughts?
Until 2014... HAP-py New Year!!