Here is were I would like to put the hanging mount for the stick vacuum. No Power though!
Power Where There Was None! New Power Outlet From a Light Switch!
We just got a new Cordless Stick Vacuum. They are so handy to just grab and clean up on a nightly basis. The only problem is finding a place that is out of the way but has power near by.
Luckily I know a trick... tie into an existing light switch on wall wall to feed power to a new outlet on the other. Here is how I did it.
WARNING: We are all smart adults here. This is a general disclaimer that this is for educational purposes only. I am no expert and most likely, neither are you... so if you are NOT comfortable doing this... call a pro. I just want you to know you have options for power you might not have thought of.
Lets get going....
I added in the notes some tips if you want to simply add an outlet to an existing light switch. Several options. Check it out below in the Question section.
On the other side of the wall... there is a light switch. Lets figure out if it will work for our needs. If you are lucky... power comes to the switch and then a separate line goes to the light. Lets find out.
Lucky for me... there is dedicated power to this switch. Turning the light switch off (Not at the breaker), power is still running to the switch. I could tap into this power source... run a new romex wire down the wall and connect an outlet. You can see I did that.. the Black/White/Copper wire sticking out in the top right... I added that.
I can't find my drywall saw... So I simply used a straight edge and scored the drywall several times. Most outlets are 12 inches from the floor... so that is where I started. I added a 1-Gang Blue Plastic Interior Old Work Standard Switch/Outlet Wall Electrical Box that has special clips that hold it against the drywall. PRO TIP: When tightening the screws do NOT use your power drill... you can easily pop out the drywall. A hand screw driver is the best tool for this, at least at the end for the final snug tightening.
Add an electrical outlet. In this case a 15 amp outlet. PRO TIP: On the back of many outlets there is a place to just shove the wire in to make a connection. Do NOT use that. Always use the side posts. It is a better connection and less likely to fall out. Make sure you curl your wire in the same direction as how you tighten it. SUPER PRO TIP: Your breaker should be off... and the new Romex cable should be added to the new outlet first. Don't start with the other side where power is. Just to make sure you are extra safe.
Install... again... use a hand screwdriver... make sure it is centered in the box.
Next.. the plate cover.
BREAKER OFF!!!! Connect all the wires to the correct location - You may need to buy larger wire nut connectors to accommodate the extra wires. Consult your electric guy down at the home center to get the right ones.
Since the power is out... use a nice bright LED light. I have one that has magnets... I just tossed it on the washer machine then turned off the breaker.
Tuck everything in nice and easy... and then add the cover. BONUS TIP: In all my bathrooms, closets and in the laundry room ... I add these motion sensors to auto turn the light on and off. They are well worth it and help make sure lights get turned off. If you have kids you know what I mean. (I feel bad for when they go to college and never turn off a light because they did not learn to do it as kids... but that is their roommates problem)
I added the vacuum mount to the right height.
Now I have a nice home for the vacuum with POWER! We use it every day and it is so easy to just grab and go. Hope this helps someone in their planning .
Here are only some of the tools I used. I also used a Utility knife to cut out the hole. You don't have to tackle this yourself... but it might give you an idea. Good luck.
- Romex cable (Lowes)
- 1 Gang Power Box (Lowes)
- 1 outlet (Lowes)