How To Install a Floor Outlet
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How to Locate and Install an Electric Outlet into a Floor: The requirements, hardware or techniques for installing an outlet box into a floor.
Installing an Electrical Outlet in the Floor
Electrical Question: Are there any special requirements, hardware or techniques for installing a receptacle in a box underneath a floor. I want to avoid running a cord on the floor surface to the center of the room. I have easy access from the crawlspace below.
This electrical question came from: John, a Handyman from Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Additional Comments: Very helpful. I understand electricity but not hardware and codes.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question John.
Preparations for Installing a Floor Outlet
Application: Installing a 120 Volt Floor Outlet.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best if wired by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the number of outlets that will be added and the access to the location for the new outlets.
Precaution: Identify the existing outlet circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional outlet wiring should be done through the local building authority, installed according to applicable local and national electrical codes, with a permit, and have the required inspections.
Procedure for Installing a Floor Outlet
- Installing a floor outlet requires a special floor rated outlet box, which is typically a deep metal box.
- A recessed single or duplex outlet is then installed and a low profile outlet cover which is rated for floor use is then installed.
- Many of the large hardware stores carry floor outlet kits that come with the box, outlet and the cover.
- But first of course, the location for the floor outlet will require special planning so that the outlet will be be located in an ideal location, possibly under a table or sofa.
- This location must not interfere with floor joists or other structural supports or obstacles that may be under the floor.
- The electrical source may be extended from a wall outlet in the immediate room or area
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