At Color Cord Company, we empower individuals to light up their space in a way entirely unique to them. This includes helping you with the essentials, such as wiring a grounded plug end.
Watch the video below, and we’ll demonstrate how to wire a removable grounded extension cord plug end. We have these extension cord ends in both black and white and they feature a two-part construction that’s easy to wire: the housing and the screw terminal conductor blades.
These plug ends are pretty easy to use. Just follow the instructions below and watch the video for your best results. As always, if you have any questions, we’re here to help. Just call 1.800.409.1070 or send us an email.
- Download 3 Prong Plug Wiring Instructions HERE
Tools You’ll Need to Wire Grounded Extension Cord Ends
- Electrical tape
- Wire Stripping Tool (optional)
Parts of a 3-Prong Plug
- The 3-prong plug that goes directly into an electrical socket
- Barrel cord grip
- Cloth-covered electrical wire
Step-by-Step Guide to Wiring Your Grounded Extension Cord Ends
- Remove the screw from the top of the plug using the screwdriver.
- Next, pull on the prongs of the plug to release the plug from its shell.
- Loosen the set screw on the barrel cord grip.
- Look at the inside of the cord grip and ensure the plastic screw is not covering any part of the opening.
- Insert one end of the wire into the cord gripʼs top opening. Cord gripʼs threaded end should face the end of the cord once inserted. You may need to wrap tape on the cord end for easy insertion.
- Insert the same end of the cord into the plug shellʼs small opening.
- On that same cord end, Measure 11/4 “ from the tip of the cloth covered wire, and wrap an inch of electric tape over the wire.
- Over the midsection of the tape, strip the PVC housing to expose the 3 conductor wires. We recommend the use of our Color Cord 3000 striping tool or your own stripping tool if you already have one.
- Make sure that there are no cuts on the conductor wires exposing the internal stranded copper wire.
- Strip one end of each wire to expose about 1/4” of stranded copper wire.
- Using your fingers, twist the stranded wires together and bend them.
- Locate the positive (brass), negative (silver) and ground (green) terminals on the back of the plug
- Loosen the 3 screws on the back of the plug to open the terminals.
- Wrap the stranded copper wires on each matching terminal screw. The black wire (+) with the positive terminal, white wire (-) with the negative terminal and green wire with the ground terminal.
- The stranded copper wire should be tucked in the terminal, covered by the screwʼs head.
- Tighten the screws of each terminal to secure the wire in place. Pull the wires to make sure the wires wonʼt pull out of the terminals.
- Pull the plug shell over the plug making sure that the screw hole on the cap aligns with the one on the plug.
- Tighten the plug screw to secure the cap onto the plug. Bring the cord grip towards the plug and insert the threaded ends into the capʼs opening.
- Twist the cord grip until its tightly secured.
- Tighten the set screw on the cord grip.
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