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How to add an outlet on a wall

EMERGENCY ELECTRICIAN READINGTurn off the circuit breaker

Locate the breaker box in your home, usually located in the basement, garage or hallway. Open the box and locate the circuit breaker for the area where you are working. Turn off the switch to disconnect the power to that area. Test the circuit with a non-contact voltage tester before proceeding.

Assemble the necessary tools and materials

To install a new outlet and make the connections safely, you’ll need some basic electrician tools.

  • Wire strippers
  • Keyhole saw
  • Drywall knife
  • Drill with wood bit
  • Wire pliers
  • Needle nose pliers

Determine the best location for the electrical outlet

Measure the distance from the floor to the other outlets in the building. Measure from the center of the existing outlet to the center of the desired new outlet. Turn off the power to the outlet. Remove the cover plate, which is attached to the center of the outlet with a single screw, and measure to the hole in the wall.

Find an opening in the wall. In most homes, there are 5.1 cm × 10.2 cm or 5.1 cm × 15.2 cm studs, usually spaced 41 or 61 cm apart on the wall. The sockets must always be attached to a post for safety reasons.

The easiest way to locate the studs is with a “stud finder,” available at many hardware stores. You can also try tapping the wall lightly with a hammer, moving slowly across the wall and listening carefully. The wall will sound hollow on most taps and then “solid” when you reach a stud.

Find out where you can get power

There are two basic ways to install a new outlet: running a power cable from a circuit breaker to the new location or from another outlet in the same room. Depending on where you install a new outlet – in the living space, in the basement or outdoors – access to the power grid may vary. Find the closest and most convenient location for the connection to make your job easier.

Consider the existing electrical load and the load the new outlet will place on the new circuit. Calculate the load to make sure it is safe. The most convenient power source is not necessarily the safest!

Usually, the load for the existing outlet has already been calculated for the circuit, and running a new outlet would likely overload that circuit. It is usually best to take a new cord from the panel and install a new outlet when you need it.

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