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Wire Connections and Adding Outlets

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

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?

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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Dave’s Reply:
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:

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