SLATE HILL, N.Y., July 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to DIY home repair, electrical wiring is hands down the most fraught with dangers. It's little wonder that many folks turn to their local electrician rather than risk electrocution or a structure fire, even for the "relatively" straightforward task of replacing an old outlet. EZFaceplate (http://ezfaceplate.com/), however, offers an original way to replace ugly, dirty or cracked outlet covers that involves no special tools, technical skills or careful study of YouTube videos.
"When non-electricians try their hand at electrical work, bad things can happen," explains Eric Tonnesen, the innovator behind EZFaceplate. "Instructions found online are usually too technical or unreliable, and neglecting just one important safety guideline puts lives and property at risk. Why go through this fear and worry?"
A rundown of the major safety concerns when replacing an outlet perfectly illustrates that it's by no means a simple, harmless DIY project:
- Switch Off Breakers. Attempting to replace an outlet with live power is almost certain to result in injury or death. DIY repair requires knowing which breaker to flip or fuse to pull to guarantee that an outlet is powerless and therefore safe to take apart. EZFaceplate, on the other hand, never brings users into contact with live wires, making the project both fast and safe.
- Test Before Working. Turning off power to an outlet is only the first step in being safe. Homeowners must then test the outlet with a voltmeter to ensure the power is really off. It's worth nothing that just because outlets are in the same room does not mean they're on the same circuit. Even the top and bottom of the same outlet might be on different circuits, so testing can't be bypassed. With EZFaceplate, none of this is necessary. The cover and electrical receptacle are all one piece, so there is no need to replace the entire outlet. And because only the faceplate is being replaced, there is likewise no need to shut off power.
- Avoid Wiring Disasters. Electrical outlets typically consist of several sets of wires – the exact number varies – and the positioning of each one is important to the outlet's safe functioning. In other words, it's a lot to worry about in the process of replacing an outlet, and a high cost of failure.
With licensed electricians commanding hourly rates between $40 and $100 – not counting the charge for just showing up – it only makes sense to look at alternatives, especially for jobs that can be done safely and easily. Now, for the first time ever, faceplate replacement fits that description with EZFaceplate; the product has all the makings of a household name in repair and remodeling "hacks," and safety is one of its biggest selling points, along with saving time and money for the consumer.
The idea for EZFaceplate was born in 2006, when Eric Tonnesen was rehabbing houses and spending extra money that was not necessary. Tonnesen and his colleagues were tired of having an electrician replace all of the outlets in a house because they were old, painted over or just dirty. These electricians were being paid big money to change perfectly good, working outlets. Tonnesen struck upon the simple idea that if you can reface cabinets, you can just as easily reface outlets – and that is how EZFaceplate was brought to life. This is the only faceplate cover that helps the consumer save money.