Wire Connections and Adding Outlets
How are the wires connected when adding new outlets? How to Add Outlets and Make the Right Connection.
Adding Outlets Requires Proper Connections
Electrical Wiring Question: How are the wires connected when adding new outlets?
- I have a tree season room and in this room I have four wall outlets.
- I have power to the first and second outlet but not the third and fourth.
- These outlets are piggy backed starting at the second outlet.
- I just installed new outlets the other day and cant figure out what is going on.
Could I have a bad outlet or could it the wire going from 2 to 3?
This electrical wiring question came from: Matt, a Homeowner from Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Thanks for your electrical wiring question Matt.
How to Add Outlets and Make the Right Connections
Application: Adding or Wiring 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.
Outlets and Wiring Connections
Rarely is a new outlet bad, so let’s go through the following outlet wiring checklist:
- Double check the wiring that was installed when you were adding the outlets paying close attention to the connections that were made.
- Make sure that the wire splices are made well and that the correct wire connectors have been used.
- Start checking at the second outlet and you may discover a loose connection.
- Make sure that the circuit is off before proceeding.
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