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How To Add an Electrical Outlet

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Electrical Question: I would like to add an electric outlet inside a closet.

This electrical wiring question came from: Bruce, a Contractor from Des Moines, Washington.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Bruce.

Application: Adding an 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 outlets that will be replaced.
Precaution: Identify the outlet circuit, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional outlet wiring should be done with a permit and be inspected.

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Question of the Day

Wiring a Switch for an Air Compressor

Wayne asks:
I am wiring my 240volt air compressor using 10/3 to a lighted 30 amp switch to place by exit door to turn off when im away.
My question is: when I wire the switch I will have essentially two hots, do I place both the black and red on one screw and the black and red on the other?
Also its the lighted Leviton 3032-plr, a lot of the comments say I need to use the neutral to operate the light.
I dont know what to do with that.
Thanks for your help.

Dave's Reply:


Wayne, The Leviton 3032-plr switch that you have described is for 120volt applications and will not work on a 240volt circuit.
A typical 240 volt air compressor requires two hots and a ground wire.
A neutral wire is not required.
A 120volt lighted control switch could be wired as an add on control circuit, however this would require a separate 120volt control circuit, a 120volt lighted switch, and a 120volt control relay with 240volt contacts rated for 30amps.


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2 Responses to “How To Add an Electrical Outlet”
  1. Gary Oliwa says:

    You replied to a question regarding adding an outlet inside a closet. I thought that the NEC prohibited putting outlets inside closets, but I could be mistaken. If it is prohibited, you should have at least mentioned it so the person can make an informed choice to do it or not.

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