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Kitchen Tile and Electrical Outlets and Wiring

How to Remove an Outlet from a Kitchen Counter Top or Tiled Wall: Keep Electrical Wiring Accessible, Removing an Outlet by Opening the Wall.

Guide to Removing Kitchen Outlets and Wiring
I have a newer home and it has several GFI outlets in the kitchen, laundry room and garage.

Thanks for your help.

This electrical wiring question came from: Bob, a Handyman from Sacramento, California.

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

How to Remove an Outlet from a Kitchen Counter Top or Tiled Wall

Safety Note: While the tile is being installed the outlets and switches are typically unmounted, after the circuits are identified and turned OFF.

Why You Should Keep Electrical Wiring Accessible

Summary: As you can see, access to electrical wiring and junction boxes is the key factor with most electrical wiring projects, especially if a problem should occur with the circuit and the wiring and splices will need to be inspected and tested.

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Complete Guide to Home Electrical Wiring

Perfect for Homeowners, Students,
Handyman, Handywomen, and Electricians
Wiring GFCI Outlets
Wiring Home Electric Circuits
120 Volt and 240 Volt Outlet Circuits
Wiring Light Switches
Wiring 3-Wire and 4-Wire Electric Range
Wiring 3-Wire and 4-Wire Dryer Cord and Dryer Outlet
How to Troubleshoot and Repair Electrical Wiring
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NEC Codes for Home Electrical Wiring
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Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all Electric Wiring Projects.

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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.

The Quickest Way to Check for Faulty Electrical Wiring!

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!

The Wire Stripper and Wire Cutter
My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
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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FAQs Frequently Asked Questions and Comments

2 Responses to “Kitchen Tile and Electrical Outlets and Wiring”
  1. Tom says:

    I am rehabbing an older home and want to move the main electrical panel (200 Amps Square D) about 30 feet, while leaving the meter box & meter in original location. I know that a shutoff (normally provided by main electrical panel) is required at the closest available point after leaving meter and entering residence. Can you tell me exactly what switch I need, and the wire size from meter box to new switch to 200 amp service panel? A diagram would be helpful also.

    Moving the panel will save alot of wire and locate it to a much more accessible location.

    Vineland, NJ

    • Dave Rongey says:

      A Main Disconnect Switch, which is generally a main circuit breaker in an enclosure, with the Line side in and Load side out. Unfortunately these are a little pricey, so when I am faced with a situation like this I just install a 200 amp meter main panel with distribution. This method is more affordable and now everything will be centralized in one location, unless a sub-panel will be located elsewhere. The existing circuits can be spliced in a junction box and extended to the main service location.
      If this does not work for whatever reason then the main disconnect mounted at the meter is your option. Check with your local electric utility company to make sure about their specifications and provisions for the main disconnect as well.
      The wire size will depend on the type that you select.
      Follow this link for wire sizes for electrical services:


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