Tools A drill or screwdriver Flat head bit Phillips head bit An extended Phillips head bit Outlet tester Grounding wire, if needed Needle nose pliers with rubber or non-metal grip New wall outlet -- a standard three prong if you're building is grounded or a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) if it's not 1.First and foremost, turn off electricity to the circuit you're working on.In addition to fires, under the right conditions dust can actually straight up cause explosions. You know how when too much hair gets in the shower drain, it leaves you standing in ankle deep scummy water? Well, video gaming equipment ranks pretty high here, as they are often stored together, next to other electronic equipment that is rarely if ever switched off.Imagine that, but with more your-house-burning-down. It's hard to overstate the danger that dust and other household detritus can cause when too much accumulates in one place, especially when that place is next to a bunch of electrical wires. Just kidding, but seriously it's good practice to replace cracked or undersized wall plates or even to splurge and get your hands on some GFCI Outlets. Well, hotter appliances are (duh) more likely to cause a fire. If you have a home theater set up, make sure you have a shelving unit that allows each device to be placed on its own shelf with adequate cooling to avoid overheating.Even when plugging or unplugging an appliance, many of us don’t pay much attention to our home’s electrical outlets — until there is a problem.
Still, what can you do if you're that one in five billion case who ends up being the victim of a badly done remodel? You've never even taken a second look at your wall outlet plates, have you? You're missing out on that added touch that you can only really get by replacing your boring old beige outlet plates with hot pink ones. Nevertheless, boring as your wall plates may be, by not taking a second look at them to see if they need replacing, you could be setting yourself up for disaster.Cracked outlet plates will likely become a dust trap and, ultimately, a fire hazard.I know when my house's decor is feeling a little too bland and familiar, the first thing I do to spice the place up is replace the wall outlet plates. I'm talking about the possibility of a very real disaster that could affect you, specifically. Below, I'll clue you in on when the time is right to change up your wall plates. And I don't mean the hilarious kind of disaster that happens to other people.