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Moving a Receptacle Outlet

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How to Relocate an Electrical Outlet: Extending Electrical Wiring to Relocate a Receptacle Outlet, Splicing the Circuit Wire, Extending the Electrical Circuit Wiring.

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Electrical Question: I have an outlet near the floor and I am installing a TV in the kitchen, so I would like to move it up and over to the left.

  • In order to do that I will have to drill through a stud.
  • I opened up the receptacle and noticed that both screws are being used, there is not a switch near this outlet.
  • The closest is for the outside light next to the sliding door.
  • I did this before, but I had one set of screws that was open.
  • I’m not sure if I can add to this outlet.

I also thought about just moving this outlet all together, but if I do I will have to splice the wires that are in the box to extend them, and if I do that, do I splice them inside the existing box and then put a blank plate on it?

Thank You for any help.

This electrical wiring question came from: Christi, a Homeowner from Cumming, Georgia.

Dave’s Reply:

Thanks for your electrical wiring question Christi.

How to Relocate an Electrical Outlet

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
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 electrical wiring for additional outlets should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

Extending  Electrical Wiring to Relocate a Receptacle Outlet

  • Splicing the Circuit Wire
    • A splice of the electrical wiring can be made by taking the two sets of wires off the outlet screw terminal and creating a pigtail which would be a single wire from the splice that would attach to the receptacle.
  • Extending the Electrical Circuit Wiring
    • If the wiring is to be extended and the existing receptacle were removed the the spliced wires should be contained inside the existing receptacle box and a blank cover would be put in place of the receptacle.

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