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Old 12-23-2012, 11:51 AM   #1
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I am planning to install a shelf in my office but there is an outlet right behind, and I need that outlet to power my PC
I would need to shift the outlet to the right by approx 10", but it is currently installed into a box that is fixed on the left side of a stud
Meaning if I want to go right, there is the stud in the way
How should I do? Drill (with an angle) the side of the box and the stud to reach the other side, and pass the current cable thru that hole?

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Old 12-23-2012, 12:38 PM   #2
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unless you have 10" of slack in the existing cable supplying power to the outlet you want to move how do you expect to move the outlet 10"??

You may need to keep the existing box and use that as a junction box placing a blank cover over it.

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Old 12-23-2012, 12:48 PM   #3
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I do not know if I will have enough length.....But i can make an extension and use the current box as a junction box as you said
And yes, I will put a cover plate
My main concern is how do I go across the stud?
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My main concern is how do I go across the stud?
You have to remove wood material from the stud....drill a hole
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So it will be with an angle, right? (no other choice though....)
What bit should I use?
I am planning to pass 14 gauge cable (2+1)
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So it will be with an angle, right? (no other choice though....)
What bit should I use?
I am planning to pass 14 gauge cable (2+1)
If you end up at an angle going through the stud that would be fine. They do make flexible drill bits and right angle attachments should you really want to get crazy.
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The only way you are going to drill the stud is remove drywall.
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Ouch.....!!!!
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It should be possible to cut the new outlet hole and use a flexible shaft drill bit (through that newly cut hole) to get through the stud. You can then fish the new wire to the old box.
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It should be possible to cut the new outlet hole and use a flexible shaft drill bit (through that newly cut hole) to get through the stud. You can then fish the new wire to the old box.
Just try not to hit the wire on the other side of the stud.
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Just try not to hit the wire on the other side of the stud.
Kill power to the outlet before attempting
The above suggestion.
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By the time you pay for the flex bit and holder, you can repair lots of sheetrock.
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Kill power to the outlet before attempting
The above suggestion.
Seriously?
Just kidding......I am French and not familiar with the US construction code: framing, wall studs, etc...
But I'm used to electricity (220V) and the 1st thing I do before doing anything on my electrical network is to identify the right circuit breaker and shut it down
Don't want to die.....
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Couple other suggestions: before moving receptacle ~10" make sure you do not exceed 12' between it and the next receptacle.
If you have a back on your book shelves it should cover any holes in sheet rock, assuming they will be permanently installed.
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Hello

I am planning to install a shelf in my office but there is an outlet right behind, and I need that outlet to power my PC
I would need to shift the outlet to the right by approx 10", but it is currently installed into a box that is fixed on the left side of a stud
Meaning if I want to go right, there is the stud in the way
How should I do? Drill (with an angle) the side of the box and the stud to reach the other side, and pass the current cable thru that hole?
Can you supply a picture of the shelf, is its design such that it will cover the entire outlet ...receptacle .. or is it the mounting brace that is causing the problem ...

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