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How To Install a Floor Outlet

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How can I install an outlet into the floor? The Basics for Installing a Floor Outlet, Parts for Installing a Floor Outlet.

Floor Outlet

Electrical Question: How can I install an outlet into the 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.
  • Are there any special requirements, hardware or techniques for installing a receptacle into a box underneath a floor.

This electrical question came from: John, a Handyman from Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Additional Comments: Very helpful. I understand electricity but not hardware and codes.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question John.

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.

The Basics 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

Parts for Installing a Floor Outlet
The following parts are specifically made for this application and may be considered for this project:

  • Arlington Adjustable Floor Boxes with Metallic Covers.
  • Garvin Brass Floor Box Kit, Weatherproof and Tamper Resistant, With 20 Amp Receptacle.
  • Leviton Floor Box Receptacle assembly, floor mounting with duplex receptacle.

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