I have a short run of outlets as follows: power from panel to an outlet
which continues to a second outlet and stops there. What I want to do is
tap into this circuit to put an outlet in an adjoining room (a treadmill in
the next room requires its own circuit so I want to use this existing
circuit which only has the two outlets). The wires are not long enough to
get to the new outlet
How do I add this new outlet (wiring wise) to the existing circuit?
I know the truth is out there, but I like to stay in....
You didn't give enough info to help much other than to state the obvious.
Buy the following: a book on wiring, some more wire (same gauge size as the
existing) , a box, outlet, wirenuts, cable staples, cover plate.
Shut off power and tap into the circuit from one of the existing outlet
boxes. You should add pig-tales if not already there
Are the walls finished or unfinished?
If you are just trying to add a outlet from one room to the adjoining room
then note that the 2 boxes should not be in the same wall stud cavity (per
NEC and/or fire code). Go to one side or the other and drill a hole in the
stud for the new wire.
To coin a phrase this sounds like 'an inside job'. Or a troll?
Seems quite possible from what you describe, in a typical North
Other countries, in Europe for example, have different wiring
methods and regulations and may involve the masonry/brick
construction of many homes.
However since you have to ask! Respectfully suggest you get
someone knowledgeable to help you.
The routing of the wiring, the gauge of the wire to be purchased
and used (is that a 15 amp circuit or a 20 amp outlets
circuit?), the length and method of getting the wire to the
location of your new outlet, the type of outlet box and how it
can be mounted into whatever type of wall you have adjacent to
the treadmill and other 'bits and pieces' needed (miscellaneous
screws/wire nuts etc.) and finally but most importantly the
correct wiring and testing of the outlet require information and
knowledge of what items to buy.
At a guess (from very little info available in your post)
assuming the new outlet is less than 20 feet away and that the
wire CAN be run 'protected within a wall structure'? you may be
talking about less than twenty dollars for new materials.
But to do the work may require drilling holes with an electric
drill and a large drill bit, cutting a hole i the plasterboard or
other type of wall structure, avoiding other wires and pipes, the
use of a 'fish-tape' to pull wires through the wall cavity,
pliers, hand tools such as cutters and wire strippers
screwdrivers of several sizes etc. A competent person will
probably have such tools to the value of at least $100; plus the
time and knowledge to do the job safely. Ding such work too it is
always possible to break a drill bit or snap a saw blade etc.
Important is to get (again this is for North America!) the black
and white wires on the right screw connections of the outlets.
The outlet will often seem to work Ok even if wired wrongly, but
is unsafe! The proper ground connection (green or bare wire) at
each end of your new run is vital.
Personal safety of family/self/others and insurance requirements
are the consideration to getting it done. Good luck.
PS. Any do-it-yourself activity such as this is good exercise
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