Installing A Fireplace Electrical Outlet
How to Install Electrical Wiring for an Outlet Above a Fireplace: My concern is the cool air and hot air that the attic produces during certain times of the day and I’m a afraid of moisture getting to the wire which may cause a fire.
Considerations For Fireplace Outlet Wiring
Electrical Question: I added an electrical outlet above my fireplace and came across some concerns.
First, there was a wire behind the fireplace that went to two separate outlets next to the fireplace – one on the left and one on the right.
- I took this wire and cut it in half and added a wire for the outlet above the fireplace.
- I used wire caps to connect all the wires and wrapped it with electrical tape.
- My concern is the cool air and hot air that the attic produces during certain times of the day and I’m a afraid of moisture getting to the wire which may cause a fire.
Will my family be okay?
Second, the wire is behind the fireplace.
- If I decide to use the fireplace during the winter, will the wires melt?
Thanks, for you time.
This electrical wiring question came from: James, a Homeowner from Keller, Texas
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How to Install Electrical Wiring for an Outlet Above a Fireplace
- The wiring should always be installed with the environmental conditions in mind in order to protect the wiring and maintain the integrity of the electrical circuit.
- High temperature rated electrical wiring is available for applications such as this.
- The heat resistant wiring may be required to be installed in a protective conduit and a metal outlet box.
- Ground wires must be bonded to protect the circuit devices.
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