How to add an electrical outlet?

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  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Oct 12, 2021

    Hi Brenda, adding an electrical outlet is best done by a qualified electrician. If you'd like to see how it's done this video will help - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jn6QLaSeHgw

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 12, 2021

    Hi, Safety First - Call in an Electrician, or go on a course to learn how to do it!

  • FrugalFamilyTimes.com FrugalFamilyTimes.com on Oct 12, 2021

    Another vote for hiring an electrician. It’s too dangerous to do without knowing exactly how. :)

  • Here's a link, but if you're not familiar with electricity, call an electrician.

    https://www.familyhandyman.com/project/add-electrical-outlet/

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Oct 12, 2021

    Electrical outlets should only be added by trained Electricians. Can you use a strip outlet with a serge protector? https://amzn.to/3AtksyA

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Oct 12, 2021

    Please get a licensed and insured electrician in to do this. Safety first. They maybe willing to let you watch them do their task and explain to you what they are doing and why.

    Houses are built and inspected before the walls get covered so the inspectors can make sure everything is up to code, especially electrically.

    As a temporary alternative consider a strip outlet with a surge protector.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Oct 12, 2021

    Go to sleep might have some information. If it’s something above your comfort and experience level —-professional help should be contacted.


    https://www.familyhandyman.com/project/add-electrical-outlet/

  • Seth Seth on Oct 12, 2021

    There are several electric code requirements you need to be aware of before attempting to do this project. Yes, on the surface it may seem like an easy DIY project with plenty of Youtubes to show you how and sometimes it is easy. But, if you have never done it before, please do it under the supervision of someone who knows what they are doing and can teach you how to do it properly and safely. Every situation is different. Also be aware that your insurance company may not cover a loss due to improper wiring by a homeowner.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Oct 12, 2021

    I would not try this unless you know how to work with electricity- you need to call in someone that knows the codes and what they are doing to keep from burning your house down by trying to DIY

  • William William on Oct 12, 2021

    If you need to ask hire an electrician. Electricity is not something to play with. If you feel capable do your research. Look at videos, and different sites before tackling a job like this. You can even get advice in the electrical department at Ace hardware or Home Depot.

  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 12, 2021

    Inside or outside?


    Unless you have done this before call a pro. I have a very healthy respect for electricity after hubby was shocked because he didn't turn the power off when running a wire in the wall for a clock.

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Oct 13, 2021

    I’d call an electrician

  • Brenda Brenda on Oct 13, 2021

    Will hire an electrician

  • Here is how to add an electrical outlet anywhere: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CY3MsI97zg

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Oct 13, 2021

    I would highly recommend hiring this to be done. Without a good electrical knowledge, you could cause a fire. I would take a hard look at everything that needs to be done and have a few items taken care of at one service call.

    That said, if you have other outlets nearby, you can add one by splicing into the wiring between two existing outlets. YouTube videos are abundant on the subject. They also have a version that "bites" into the wire but I am a bit wary of those.

  • Betsy Betsy on Oct 13, 2021

    Hi Brenda: Unless you're a contractor or electrician, have a professional do it. You don't want to mess with electricity at all. Make sure the worker is licensed, bonded and insured. Ask to see his/her license. If it has someone elses name and he/she says he/she is working under their license, throw them out. You want someone who has their own license. And, if you need to pull a permit, let them do it. Don't ever pull a permit for work you are not qualified to do. If you do and something goes wonky, you're on the hook for the work and the insurance company won't cover any repairs. Also, when you do hire someone, if you have another outlet or something, have them do it while they are there, it'll be cheaper since they are already there./


    Good luck

  • Brenda Brenda on Oct 14, 2021

    resolved