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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
Electrical Question: I tied into an existing line to add 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, Fl.
Thanks for your electrical question John.
How to add an Additional Electric 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.
Checking to Make Sure the Wiring will Support an 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.
- 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.
As with all 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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Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all projects.