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How to Install Outside Outlets


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Installing an Electric Outlet on the Siding of a Home: Protection against the weather elements to prevent moisture from entering the receptacle outlet.

Outside Weather Proof Outlet

Electrical Question: Is installing and attaching an outside plug the same as an inside installation or is there any special details that need to be done?

This electrical question came from: Richard, a Homeowner from Langley, British Columbia, Canada.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your Electrical Wiring question Richard.

Installing an Outlet on the Siding of a Home

Application: Wiring an Outdoor GFI Outlet.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
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.

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