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Moving a Receptacle Outlet

How are the wires spliced when moving a wall outlet? How to Wire and Relocate an Outlet.


How to Move an Outlet
Electrical Question: How are the wires spliced when moving a wall outlet?

I have an outlet near the floor and I am installing a TV in the kitchen, so I would like to move it up and over to the left. In order to do that I will have to drill through a stud. I opened up the receptacle and noticed that both screws are being used, there is not a switch near this outlet. The closest is for the outside light next to the sliding door. I did this before, but I had one set of screws that was open. I’m not sure if I can add to this outlet. I also thought about just moving this outlet all together, but if I do I will have to splice the wires that are in the box to extend them, and if I do that, do I splice them inside the existing box and then put a blank plate on it?

Thank You for any help.
Christi.

This electric wiring question came from: Christi, a Homeowner from Cumming, Georgia.

Dave’s Reply:

Thanks for your home electrical wiring question Christi.

How to Wire and Relocate an Outlet

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Application: Moving and Wiring a Receptacle Outlet.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
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 added and the access to the location for the new outlets.
Precaution: Identify the existing outlet circuit, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing electrical wiring for additional outlets should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

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2 Responses to “Moving a Receptacle Outlet”
  1. James Sherritt says:

    I need to add an electrical outlet box to a location where there is no stud to attach a box to. After making a cutout in the drywall can a outlet box be installed just into drywall with out additional support?

    Thanks, James

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi James,
      There are cut-in boxes that are available for this exact application which include mounting brackets that use the drywall to secure the box into place. Please refer to the Electrical Junction Box page which explains several type of electrical boxes and enclosures and the typical applications they are used for.
      I hope this helps,
      Dave

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