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Adding an Outlet to a Room

In this video, electrician Scott Carson walks you through how to add an electrical outlet without damaging your walls.

In this video, Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron adds outlets to baseboards as well as floors. He runs electric wiring from the fuse box to get the homeowner the coverage she needs.

Adding an outlet to a room can be done without damage to your walls. In many cases, it’s much safer to add additional outlets to a room instead of using a power strip. As shown in this video, having a power strip in the room and any wires running under a carpet can be a hazard.

Do I Need an Electrician to Add an Outlet?

For safety reasons, it is better to work with a licensed electrician to install an outlet in your home. They’ll also be able to ensure you get the coverage you need. If you have experience and are comfortable running electrical wiring, then you can do it yourself with the instructions shared below. But, if you are uncomfortable with any of the steps, it’s better to consult with an electrician.

How to Add an Electrical Outlet 14 Steps

  1. Turn off all power to the working area at the main electrical panel.
  2. Trace out the cut area for each electrical box.
  3. Drill corner holes to pilot saw blade.
  4. If necessary, drill into framing for wiring.
  5. Run electrical wires from outlet box holes to electrical panel, pulling 4 feet through the wall.
  6. Strip insulation from the electrical wires and attach to the electrical box.
  7. Attach white wires to silver screws and black wires to brass screws and then the ground wire.
  8. Use electrical tape to tape around the box.
  9. Attach the box to the wall and cover with the outlet plate.
  10. Repeat for each outlet needed.
  11. De-energize the whole electrical panel by shutting off the house’s main breaker.
  12. Install an arc volt breaker by attaching white and black wire to the breaker.
  13. Attach white wire from the new breaker directly onto the electrical panel’s neutral bar.
  14. Turn the main breaker back on.

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