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noone 06-30-2011 03:50 PM

Adding outlet to existing circuit. Which way?
 
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I want to add an additional electrical outlet to a circuit. Existing Romex on the circuit runs in the attic down the wall.

There are 2 options as I see it, since there is no slack in the existing Romex. Use 2 junction boxes in the attic to splice in to the existing outlet's romex or pigtail off the new outlet and use one junction box.

Thoughts and suggestions?

oh'mike 06-30-2011 04:06 PM

Either one will work just fine----I like #2 better ,but the cable might be stapled and impossible to remove.

Your call---both are safe.

noone 06-30-2011 04:17 PM

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Originally Posted by oh'mike (Post 677354)
Either one will work just fine----I like #2 better ,but the cable might be stapled and impossible to remove.

Your call---both are safe.

Yeah, option 2 is doable, just harder.

Thanks for the verification.

I just wanted to make sure there wasn't some other way that was slipping past me.

I might get lucky with some slack on the line, who knows.

jbfan 06-30-2011 04:50 PM

Are you installing a receptacle above the exsisting receptacle?

Just cut a hole for the new receptacle, drop a new romex to the exsisting box and make connections there.

Jim Port 06-30-2011 05:05 PM

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Originally Posted by jbfan (Post 677381)
Are you installing a receptacle above the exsisting receptacle?

Just cut a hole for the new receptacle, drop a new romex to the exsisting box and make connections there.

I agree.

noone 06-30-2011 05:07 PM

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Originally Posted by jbfan (Post 677381)
Are you installing a receptacle above the exsisting receptacle?

Just cut a hole for the new receptacle, drop a new romex to the exsisting box and make connections there.

Actually this may work if I decide to stay in the same wall studs. I may move over wall studs though. Thanks for the suggestion!

jbfan 06-30-2011 05:10 PM

No need to root around in a hot attic when you can drop the wire to the old receptacle.

noone 06-30-2011 05:36 PM

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Originally Posted by jbfan (Post 677397)
No need to root around in a hot attic when you can drop the wire to the old receptacle.

Just thought about something.

How can I feed the new wire into the old receptacle's box? Won't that be difficult to feed the new wire into a tab on the old receptacle box?

Whats the technique?

rjniles 06-30-2011 05:43 PM

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Originally Posted by noone (Post 677417)
Just thought about something.

How can I feed the new wire into the old receptacle's box? Won't that be difficult to feed the new wire into a tab on the old receptacle box?

Whats the technique?


I usually knock out the old box, fish in the new wire and install a replacement old work box.

Jim Port 06-30-2011 05:45 PM

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Originally Posted by noone (Post 677417)
Just thought about something.

How can I feed the new wire into the old receptacle's box? Won't that be difficult to feed the new wire into a tab on the old receptacle box?

Whats the technique?

Drop a piece of string into the hole above the box. Use a piece of wire with a small hook on it thru the knockout to catch the string.

noone 06-30-2011 10:16 PM

I had to rip out the old box to be able to fish the wire down to it. Tore a little bit of drywall, but nothing some spackle can't fix.

Had to twist 3 romex runs together + pigtail for the outlet. Tight fit in that old work box, but it made it.

Thanks for the tips.


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