How to Install a Plug Strip for Desk or Workbench Outlets
Installing an Outlet Plug Strip: Plug strips are a great solution when several outlets are required for a desk or workbench.
Electrical Outlets for a Desk or Workbench
Electrical Question: I am designing and building a custom made desk that will require several outlets.
- The desk will also have my aquarium that has both lighting fixtures and electric filter equipment.
- I want to install receptacle outlets into the desk where all the electrical plugs can connect.
- I am currently renting my house so I do not have the option of running wires from the circuit breaker all the way to the desk.
- Is there a legal and electrical code compliant way of installing these receptacles into the desk and drawing power from a separate receptacle mounted in the wall?
This home Electrical Wiring Question came from: Jonas, from Blacksburg, Virginia.
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Thanks for your Electrical Wiring Question Jonas.
Installing an Outlet Plug Strip
Application: Wiring Utility Cords and Electric Plug Strips.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with tools.
Precaution: Never wire cord connections when the cord is plugged into the receptacle outlet.
Notice: Electrical projects and wiring connections should be done according to local and national electrical codes.
How to Wire a Plug Strip
- Plug Strip Options Plug strips are available in lengths of 3 feet to 10 feet long and contain several receptacle outlets which are evenly spaced in a metal strip which encloses the wiring and the receptacle outlets .These plug strips typically come prewired with #12 wires enabling a connection or circuit of up to 20 amps.
- Connecting Multiple Plug Strips Sections of plug strips may be fastened together for longer lengths, or a length may be cut shorter depending on the application. These plug strips are great for fastening under a desk or on a garage workbench.
- Installing the Plug Strip When installing make sure to keep in mind where the cords for the devices will be hanging to create a safe working environment. End connectors will enable the plug strips to have junction boxes or cords attached to them.
- Circuit Protection If GFCI or surge protection is desired then the plug strip may be connected or wired appropriately to incorporate these devices. Plugs strips are typically available in 4, 6 and 8 foot lengths and a few different colors.
- Where to Get a Plug Strip The concept of plug strips are the same as track lights, and are available from the same electrical companies, local hardware store, or construction supplier.
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