If you feel that you want more electrical outlets in your home, then one option that you must think about is adding electrical outlets on your own. By doing so, you can save a lot of money that you would have spent on hiring a contractor to do the job for you, but at the same time you are also running a risk of a dangerous electrical shock, not to mention the damage that your walls may sustain.
There are many appliances that we wish to use in our homes today, and more often than not the number of electrical outlets that are available to us may fall short. To solve this problem, a very realistic home improvement solution is to know how to add an electrical outlet, as this can provide us with the opportunity to use more appliances.
Adding electrical outlets to a room is not an easy task by any means, and requires some detailed knowledge about wiring systems and the way the electrical systems work. It goes without saying that this not a task that should be attempted by someone who does not know anything about these systems and the way they work, as it could prove to be extremely dangerous as well.
How to Add Electrical Outlets?
Firstly, you need to find the right spot for the outlet. Scan the room and find an area on the wall that could hold the outlet. Now, you need to measure the height of the other outlets, if any, on the wall. Note that this measurement must be of the height of the hole in the wall, and not the bottom of the panel. You will need to remove the panel to do this. In a standard stick built American home there will be studs placed in the wall at equal distances from each other. You need to find the studs around the spot where you want your outlet to be, and aim to add the outlet between these two studs.
Now, the next step is to ensure that there are no other outlets or ducts running through the wall you have chosen, and then determining where the power will reach your outlet from. Using existing wires that have some slack is a good idea but be extremely cautious as electrocuting yourself is probably not part of your plans. Next, you will need to visit a hardware store and purchase a ‘cut-in’ outlet box. This will provide you with the tools and instructions necessary for this task.
Next, you will need to make a hole in the wall that will be the size of the cut-in box. Depending on the nature of the material that your wall is made up of, you will either need a knife or a drill. Now, you will need to procure and attach the right kind of wires from the new outlet to your power source. This needs to be done carefully and expertly. Once you have attached the wire you must ensure that the outlet box is firmly attached on the wall and does not wiggle around. Next, you must ensure that no base metal wires are exposed anywhere along the line before you switch on the power to check, if your outlet is working. The cost of adding electrical outlets by yourself will certainly be lower than the $100 – $200 you would have to pay the electrician or contractor for performing the same job.
Be warned that there are a lot of risks that come along with this task, and is not easy. Some prior working knowledge of electrical wiring systems is absolutely necessary, and one must also ensure that the power mains are turned off during this entire process. With these steps one can also learn about adding electrical outlets in garage, and to an existing outlet.
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