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michelwat31

08:02PM | 02/20/05
Member Since: 02/20/05
4 lifetime posts
We live in a manufactured home in which everything came hard-wired, including the light switches and the outlets.

What would be the best way for us to change the switches and outlets so that they are like a normal house with plates and covers?

My husband is an airplane mechanic and knows all the basics of electrical wiring so know-how is not a problem. In fact, he replaced a ceiling fan and our dishwasher which were hard-wired.

Tom O

01:23PM | 02/21/05
Member Since: 09/17/02
476 lifetime posts
I, for one, will need a lot better description of the wiring to figure out what you're getting at. "Hardwired" is a term that is generally used to mean that the equipment involved does not plug into a receptacle.

Maybe you're talking about those junky switches & receptacles that some manufacturers are using that do not incorporate an outlet box, the cables just connect directly to the device. Is this the case?

Tom

michelwat31

06:34PM | 02/21/05
Member Since: 02/20/05
4 lifetime posts
I don't know anything about electrical work. You are right. My switches and outlets are switches (or outlets), the box that holds all the wiring and other hardware, and the plates all in one. I really want to change that. Mostly because I want to be able to change the decorations or colors of the plates, which I can't because they don't have plates.

When I called an electrician and explained to him what I was facing when I had a problem that was unrelated, he told me that what I described was impossible because it is illegal. But another man, who isn't an electrician, but is involved in construction in some way (I forgot), said that it is entirely possible (which I know because I look at it everyday) because manufactured houses aren't built with the same standards.

Besides, the house is about 17 years old, so it may have been built under different laws almost 20 years ago.

If you can help me, I would greatly appreciate it.

Tom O

12:50PM | 02/22/05
Member Since: 09/17/02
476 lifetime posts
There should be a considerable amount of extra wire in the wall if we are, in fact, talking about the same thing. This would make it fairly easy to install a box & a normal device.

I've had to replace these devices in the past and since they are not readily available where I live, I usually installed an old work box of sufficient size to contain all the wires and put in a standard switch or receptacle.

Try the library for a book on wiring. What you will be looking for is how to add a receptacle or switch in an existing wall. What you are specifically looking for is the type of box used, how to cut the hole, how to support the box. After seeing that, you can decide if you want to tackle this or hire it out.

Tom

BV019661

12:36PM | 07/02/19
Here is a video showing how to replace these outlets.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0xGxJO9uFw


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