Kitchen countertop outlets should be GFCI.
It may be possible to use a GFCI outlet to protect outlets downstream.
If you change an outlet to GFCI - they take more volume. You may have to
very carefully fold the wires into the box to efficiently use the
space. (You may have to do that with other outlets too.)
If there is not a ground wire to the outlet it may be best to come back
and describe what you have. For example, a metal box may be grounded and
a "self grounding" outlet can be used. If there is actually no ground, 2
wire receptacles (with no ground) can also be used.
Typically, you replace a plug this way:
1) Remove plug from socket.
2) Cut the old plug off, as close to the old plug as
3) Follow the provided directions, to strip, wire, and close
the two parts of the plug. The sales guy at the hardware
store should be able to coach you, if you need further help.
4) Put the plug back into the socket.
Have you done this lately? I have, to replace plugs on the end of
appliance wires. These appliances were dual voltage but came with
Euro style plugs and I couldn't find adapters for US outlets, so I
changed the plugs.
I tried the big box and I tried the specialty hardware stores. You
can no longer find decent quality plug replacements. I recommend a
different strategy - if you can, replace the whole cord with a
cannibalized good one. (There may be some electrical contractor
stores that have good stuff, but I didn't find any.)
Thanks so much to those who replied. I planned to buy my own place at
22 yrs old and as soon as I graduated. I just did. I will come back
here for more advices since I'm trying to do some minor repairs
Thanks so so much.
Try posting from a real news server NOT Google. Some people have
Google (note that's NOT Gmail) because it's a source of spam.
BTW, the word "plug" refers to the MALE connector on the cord not the
thing in the wall.
It is a lot of bother, but it can be done. Make sure the circuit
breaker is OFF whenever the cover plate is removed. An outlet without
a cover plate is out of code. Pickup a plug tester at HD, about
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