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Wiring A Plug

Follow These Steps To Wire Plugs Correctly

The International Color Codes For Electrical Wires Are

Green / Yellow - Earth

Brown / Red - Live

Blue / Black - Neutral

Most plugs come with instructions about where to attach each wire. If not, remove the plug's outer screws and look inside: on the plastic moulding, you should see the letters E (Earth) L (Live) and N (Neutral) to guide you.

  • Measure the cable against the plug to see how much you should cut to get the right length for the longest wire (E)
  • With a thin knife, cut away the outer white cable casing to expose the three inner wires. Cut carefully, so that you don't sever the casings of the inner wires.
  • Cut 0.5cm -1 cm of the casing for the earth wire, and with your fingers, twist the bundle of copper wires inside to neaten the end. With a small screwdriver, loosen the screw for the earth wire, insert the wire and tighten the screw firmly, making sure no loose copper threads are left outside.
  • Measure for the live wire and proceed as with the Earth wire. It may be easier to remove the fuse while you insert the earth wire. Then it just slots back in again.

Do The Same For The Neutral Wire

Make one final check to see that all screws are tight and no copper wires are exposed. Replace the top of the plug and screw back tightly.

Plug in and switch on to test the appliance. If nothing happens, open up the plug to check that you have the colors right. Tug gently on the three wires to see that they are secured. If they come away with a slight pull, the screw is not tight enough.


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