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When was the last time you took the time to inspect the electrical outlets in your home? Your outlets should be inspected at least once each year. During these inspections, you will determine if the outlets are in good, safe condition or if they need to be replaced. If the outlets need to be replaced, you have two options - do the work yourself or hire an electrician to do the work for you. This blog can help you determine if the outlets need to be replaced and give you an idea if you are up to the task of replacing them yourself.

Adding A Wall Outlet For A Wireless Router

Wireless routers are most effective if they are positioned in a higher spot in a room. However, you may have trouble reaching the nearest electrical outlet without an unsightly and obtrusive extension cord dangling down your wall.

It's quite simple to add an additional outlet by connecting it to an existing outlet in the room. All you need is a few tools and supplies.

What you will need:

The outlet and a cover plate.

You can buy each for under one dollar at your local discount store or home improvement center.

Outlet box.

Also called a gang box, this will house the new outlet inside your wall. Buy an outlet box for existing walls, which has screws in opposite corners to secure it inside the wall, rather than a new construction outlet box, which has nails for securing it to a wall stud.


Electric wire is sold in sheaths containing three individual wires. The gauge (thickness) of wire that you use is important

Check the breaker that controls the outlet from which you intend to power your new outlet. If the breaker is stamped "15", you will need at least fourteen gauge wire, if stamped "20", you will need twelve gauge wire.

Rolls of wire for small residential projects are sold in twenty five and fifty foot lengths. If the source outlet is within fifteen feet of the new location, a twenty five foot roll should suffice.

Wire cutter/ stripper tool

Razor knife

Philips and flat head screwdrivers

Preparing to install the new outlet

If it is possible, try to locate your new outlet directly above your existing outlet, or as close as possible. When you have picked the exact location, trace the open end of the outlet box on the wall with a pencil. You will then cut the drywall along the outline with the razor knife, then remove the rectangle of drywall.

Next, you will plug a working appliance into the source outlet, then turn off the breaker to that outlet. This is an additional safeguard to be sure that you"vet turned off the correct breaker. If the appliance shuts off, the power is disconnected.

Remove the cover plate and the existing outlet and outlet box with your screwdrivers, and pull the outlet from the box, and the box from the wall. They will not pull out from the wall completely. Break off a punch out tab from the top of the outlet box to create an opening for your new wiring to enter.

Hooking up the new outlet.

You will now run wire from the new outlet box to the source (existing) outlet box. Begin to feed your sheath of wire through the punched out opening in the new outlet box and then into the hole that you cut in the drywall, You may need to shake or jostle the wire gently if you hit minor obstructions.

When you can see the end of the wire inside the wall at the source (existing) outlet , move to that location and pull the wire through the top opening of the existing outlet box and into the box itself. Pull at least six inches of wire into the existing outlet box for ease in connecting the wires to the outlet.

Using your wire cutter/stripper, pull the plastic sheathing away from the outside of the wire bundle until a few inches of individual wires are free. Strip one inch of insulation from the ends of the black and white wires by placing each wire into the correct slot in the wire stripper blades (marked "14" or "12", depending on the gauge you are using). Close the blades and pull the wire through.

Attach the wires to the open side of the existing outlet. The black wire to the gold terminal, the white wire to the silver terminal, and the green or copper wire to the green grounding terminal. Replace the outlet box, the source outlet, and cover plate.

Cut the wire and repeat the wiring process at your new outlet location, then install using the same procedures. Turn on the breaker and you're finished. To find out more, speak with a business like Allied Electric Inc.