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How Do I Add An Outlet to Existing Electrical Wiring?
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How to add an Additional Electric Outlet: Before tapping into an existing circuit to add power for an outlet the line must be verified that it is in fact an outlet circuit and not a line use for switching a light fixture or similar application.
Adding Electrical Wiring for an Outlet
- I connected all white to white, black to black and ground to ground.
- The outlet does not work. Do I have to make different wire connections?
Background: John, a Homeowner from Cape Coral, Florida.
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Thanks for your electrical wiring question John.
Preparations for Wiring an Outlet
- Application: Adding a 120 Volt Receptacle 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.
How to add an Additional Electric Outlet
Check to Make Sure the Wiring will Support an Outlet
IMPORTANT: Before tapping into an existing circuit to add power for an outlet the line must be verified that it is in fact an outlet circuit and not a line use for switching a light fixture or similar application.
- It should be understood where the cable comes from and where it is leading to.
- Once the line is verified it should be checked for available amperage capacity.
- If the new outlet is going to be used as a convenience outlet then the added load may be allowed, however if the new outlet will be powering a microwave oven then the added load will most likely overload the circuit and cause it to trip off.
- Most all microwave ovens require a dedicated circuit.
Let’s Review the Electrical Wiring Process for Wiring an Outlet
- Identify the circuit.
- Check for available power capacity.
- Install the splice or tap in an accessible junction box.
Precautions for Home Electrical Projects
- This project is to be performed by permit by a qualified individual and inspected.
- As always – NEVER Work On Energized Circuits!
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