How Do I Add An Outlet to Existing Electrical Wiring?


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to add Another 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.


Electrical Wiring for an Outlet

Electrical Question: I would like to add another electrical outlet.

Background: John, a Homeowner from Cape Coral, Florida.
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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question John.

How to add Another Electric Outlet

adding 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.

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.

Let’s Review the Electrical Wiring Process for Wiring an Outlet

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