By Gene and Katie Hamilton
How often have you wanted to plug electrical devices into a double outlet but couldn't because one or both had a large plug that wouldn't fit? You can replace that traditional outlet with one that rotates, allowing you to turn a bulky plug out of the way to make room for another one. With the unending number of cell phone chargers and cordless appliances, not to mention hair dryers and curling irons that need power, you'll probably want to replace many of the outlets in your house. We found these devices sold online at several sites listed on the manufacturer's Web site www.360electrical.com, along with a listing of retailers where they're sold.
These devices cost about $12 a piece. If you're intimidated by electrical projects, by all means call an electrician, who will charge $190 to replace two of them. You can do it yourself for $24, the cost of the devices. You need a screwdriver and a basic understanding of how the electrical power in your house works. To make the swap, turn off power at the circuit panel and test the outlet to make sure it's off. Then unscrew the existing wall plate and the screws connecting the outlet to the electrical box to access the wires and remove them. You install the new rotating outlet by removing the faceplate, inserting the wires in holes marked on its back and tightening them. Fold the wires back into the outlet, and then the outlet into the box, and cover with the faceplate that snaps in place. It's ready to work when you restore power to the circuit panel.
Wrapping up, given the average cost to install a rotating outlet you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself. For a local cost input your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.