I'd like to add an exterior outlet for some landscape lighting.
Is it against code to "T" off of an existing electrical outlet that is
already on a GCFI breaker and put a surface mount exterior box on the
outside of the home?
All I'd have to do is drill a hole through the siding and for the wire to
pass then seal it up behind the box with silicone. The outside box will
have a rain shield and the flap type doors.
The circuit that the outside lights would be on is lightly used. (Clock
radio and some lamps)
No, that's perfectly fine, provided that you hook it up on the 'load' side
of the GFCI so that the GFCI will control the new outlet as well.
If you use it for landscape lighting, you want to use an "in-use" cover
instead of the flap-type. They are raintight even with a cord plugged in,
which you'll need since you won't be unplugging the landscape lighting every
time it rains...
I just installed outside receptacles downstream from the single
receptacle (GFCI protected) requirred in an unfinished basement, and
it sounds like you are doing the same.
Not there, so not a how-to, but this is what I would make sure is
1. Makesure you have an exterior box and an 'in-use' cover. Which
sounds like your 'rain shield'.
2. Ensure the circuit is GFCI protected, by using a hand held tester.
3. I like adding circuits, rather than tapping into existing ones, so
I would try and see if I can add a circuit.
Good luck, fill us in on what you did, maybe some photos too. :)
tom @ www.Consolidated-Loans.info
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