Wiring a plug: An easy to follow step-by-step guide

Yellow screwdriver wiring a white 3-pin plug
Wiring a plug can be a simple task when you understand how to do it (Image credit: Getty Images)

Wiring a plug is a skill that any DIYer or home owner needs to learn and it's one that you can pick up very quickly. 

But while it's simple to achieve once you know exactly how to wire a plug, it's not so easy for someone without any previous knowledge. You seriously don't want to be getting it wrong, as electricity can be extremely dangerous.

You might not be up to rewiring your home but after learning to wire a plug with our expert step-by-step guide, you might be able to tackle a few simple electrical jobs.

A portrait of electrician Jonathan Bacon
Jonathan Bacon

Jonathan is a professional electrician who has worked within the electrical contracting industry for 26 years, focusing on commercial fire alarm systems

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.