How to install electrical outlet

Here is a list of steps how to safely add a new electrical outlet in a place you need. Adding electrical outlets is an activity that should be done properly. Outlet wiring done improperly can put your house in risk of inflammation. Read through the steps carefully and make sure you understand all of them before actually starting electrical outlet installation.

  1. Identify from where you will run wires to a new outlet. Almost always it is the nearest already installed outlet. Take measures to figure out how much wire do you need. Take into account how you will run the wire, how it will be covered.
  2. Get a wire with length you measured plus some extra 30-50 cm. Use the wire which is sufficient for the amperage and voltage of the circuit. Wire should have three ends – hot conductor wire (black), neutral wire (white) and ground wire. Clean the ends.
  3. Turn off the electricity on the circuit. Be sure to notify anyone in the house in advance and place a “do not touch” label on a breaker. Then test the receptacle with a circuit tester (or diode tester) to be sure that power is off.
  4. Run the cable from the old outlet to the new outlet. Leave some extra length at both ends.
  5. Remove the screws from the outlet you will use to power the new outlet. Attach new wire ends to corresponding free screws in the outlet (black wire – brass color screw, white – silver color screw, ground wire – green screw). If there is no free screws in the outlet, you can use pigtail method to connect wires, but be sure to connect wires tightly. Double check that you connected the right wire to the right screw.
  6. Attach the receptacle cover back to it's place.
  7. Now go to the new outlet and repeat step 5, wiring the wire to the new outlet.
  8. Secure the new outlet with screws to the place.
  9. Restore the power. Check both receptacles with tester.