Summary: Learn how to change a single socket outlet to a double socket, fit a pattress to a single flush-mounted socket, and convert a single flush-mounted socket.
If you need more power outlets in a room but don't want to install a whole new socket and fused spur, simply replace existing single sockets with sockets with more gangs. There are three ways to convert a single socket into a double (or triple) socket:
If you are converting a surface-mounted single socket to a surface mounted double socket, the method is the same except you remove the existing mounting box and replace it with a double or triple socket surface-mounted box.
This involves making the recess in the wall larger to accommodate the bigger mounting box.
Enlarge the hole using a padsaw taking care not to damage the cable.
Connect the cores to the appropriate terminals on the back of the new face-plate.
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