How to Install an Outdoor Electrical Outlet


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Install Wiring for an Outdoor Outlet: What is the best way to install a 110volt outlet outdoors? The Methods for Installing an Outdoor Outlet.


Wiring an Outdoor Outlet

Electrical Question: What is the best way to install a 110volt outlet outdoors?

This electrical question came from: Horst, a Homeowner from Paw Paw, Mississippi.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Horst.

Install Wiring for an Outdoor Outlet

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Application: Wiring an Outdoor GFCI Outlet.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – 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 exterior outlets that will be installed.
Precaution: Identify the power source circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Outdoor receptacle outlets must have GFCI protection. Installing wiring for an outdoor outlet should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

Methods for Installing an Outdoor Outlet

First Lets Review Some Very Important Electrical Code Considerations

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Installing a New Circuit

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Decide on the Location for the New GFI Outlet

Wire Size and Type

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Conduit Size and Type

Installing the Conduit to the Outlet Box

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Installing the Wiring at the GFI Outlet

Installing the Neutral and Ground Wires at the Electrical Panel

Circuit Breaker Panel

Installing the Circuit Power Wire to the Circuit Breaker

IMPORTANT: As always, all electrical projects should be done with a permit and inspection from the your local building department to ensure all local code compliance are met.

If there is any part of this project that you do not understand or are uncomfortable with then hire a local professional to assist you with this project.

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2 Responses to “How to Install an Outdoor Electrical Outlet”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Robert,
    The following will need to be identified before determining the type and size electrical wire for this project:
    The specific electrical loads at the boat dock will need to be identified.
    The installation method that will be used to install the circuit, for example conduit or direct burial wire.

    Please refer to the Voltage Drop Calculator that I have provided on this website which will assist you further.
    I hope this helps,
    Dave

  2. Robert Thil says:

    What grade of wire do I use to run 175ft from the outside GFI box on the house to the boat dock. I would have 4 flood lights and a 110 volt outlet for a battery charger.