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Can I Add Additional Outlets to a Circuit?

Posted by: Cooper MechanicalWednesday, August 26, 2015

The solution to your most frustrating electrical and refrigeration quandary is simple when you have expert input.

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Business managers and homeowners alike often find small inconveniences to be the most frustrating, which is why electrical and refrigeration expertise is so highly valued.

With so much of home life and work life depending on electronics, outlet space is highly valued real estate. But when cords and wires become a confusing jumble it can compromise workflow and present a safety hazard. So adding additional outlets seems like a reasonable solution to a small (yet annoying) problem.

Here are a couple tips to keep in mind when approaching this project:

1. Placement.

You can only add an outlet on the circuit if the existing outlet is deemed capable of sustaining the load. The new outlet needs to be placed opposite the current outlet.

2. Follow Electrical Codes.

There’s a maximum limit on the number of outlets that can be attached to a single circuit. Don’t exceed this limit! If you already blow the circuit on a frequent basis, this is a good indictor that your circuit is overtaxed.

3. Tool Prep.

This project will require a drywall saw, screwdriver, pliers, and a wire cutter. Get outfitted and have all the equipment on hand so you can complete this project in a timely manner.

4. Shut Off the Electricity.

This is the number one most important rule when adding an electrical outlet! Never work with a hot wire, as this can be extremely dangerous.

5. Expert Input.

As always, getting feedback from a professional electrician is always a good idea. If you are bent on being the handy homemaker you can at least get a second opinion from someone who does electrical work for a living.

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