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jakerbug 07-01-2008 09:43 AM

Adding an Outlet - Very Basic...
I've already done this twice now, so I hope what I've done is correct... This is to add outlets behind TVs that I've hung on the wall.

Both of the existing outlets I've used have had wires both coming in and going out. I've taken the two existing sets of wires from each and wire-nutted them together with a pigtail. Then I wire the pigtail back to one side of the outlet and my wire for the new outlet to the other side. (Obviously tying the new ground wire in with the exisiting ground wires...) Is this an acceptable way to do this? It seems like an awful lot of wires to try to stuff back inside the box, but I've been told it's OK...

darren 07-01-2008 10:19 AM

Sounds good to me. I would have pigtailed all the wires together and just had one going to the plug but that is my preference.

jakerbug 07-01-2008 10:53 AM

Thanks Darren.

A follow-up to this, though... might be a little off topic...

One of these installs was over a fireplace. The fireplace is just a big metal box with a metal cylinder chimney inside of a big cavity behind the wall. I cut a decent-sized hole in the wall over the fireplace to work in, and I was able to staple the new wire onto the same stud as the existing wire, but on the back (2") side of the stud. This puts the wire (securely) about 4-5" away from the metal fireplace box. Is it OK for the wire to be this close? Does the outside of that fireplace get very hot?

Bear in mind, the old wiring is just around the corner on the same stud, so it's still pretty close to the fireplace, but has the added advantage of kind of being "behind" the stud, whereas there's nothing between the new wire and the fireplace...

jimmy21 07-01-2008 10:54 PM

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if your going through the effort of pigtailing your wires out (which i believe you should always do) Just land them all under the wirenut and have one wire on your receptacle. That way when your connections on the oultet get old and fail. Only one plug will quit working

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