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How to Install an Outdoor Electrical Outlet

Install Wiring for an Outdoor Outlet: What is the best way to install a 110volt outlet outdoors? The Methods for Installing an Outdoor Outlet.

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Wiring an Outdoor Outlet
Electrical Question #1: What is the best way to install a 110 volt outlet outdoors?

This electrical question came from: Horst, a Homeowner from Paw Paw, Mississippi.

Electrical Question #2:

This electrical wiring question came from in Liberty, South Carolina.

Dave’s Reply:
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Install Wiring for an Outdoor Outlet

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Application: Wiring an Outdoor GFCI Outlet.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – 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 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.

Methods for Installing an Outdoor Outlet

First Lets Review Some Very Important Electrical Code Considerations


Installing a New Circuit

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Decide on the Location for the New GFI Outlet

Wire Size and Type

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Conduit Size and Type

Installing the Conduit to the Outlet Box

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Installing the Wiring at the GFI Outlet

Installing the Neutral and Ground Wires at the Electrical Panel

Circuit Breaker Panel

Installing the Circuit Power Wire to the Circuit Breaker

IMPORTANT: As always, all electrical projects should be done with a permit and inspection from the your local building department to ensure all local code compliance are met.

If there is any part of this project that you do not understand or are uncomfortable with then hire a local professional to assist you with this project.

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The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wires!

The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.

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The Plug-In Outlet Tester
This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
It detects probable improper wiring conditions in standard 110-125 VAC outlets Provides 6 probable wiring conditions that are quick and easy to read for ultimate efficiency Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included Tests standard 3-wire outlets UL Listed Light indicates if wiring is incorrect Very handy and easy to use.

Strip Off Wire Insulation without Nicking and Damaging the Electric Wire!

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This handy tool has multiple uses:
The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..

The wire stripper will work on both solid and stranded wire. This tool is Very Handy and Easy to Use.

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2 Responses to “How to Install an Outdoor Electrical Outlet”
  1. Robert Thil says:

    What grade of wire do I use to run 175ft from the outside GFI box on the house to the boat dock. I would have 4 flood lights and a 110 volt outlet for a battery charger.

  2. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Robert,
    The following will need to be identified before determining the type and size electrical wire for this project:
    The specific electrical loads at the boat dock will need to be identified.
    The installation method that will be used to install the circuit, for example conduit or direct burial wire.

    Please refer to the Voltage Drop Calculator that I have provided on this website which will assist you further.
    I hope this helps,