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Old 03-22-2010, 09:54 PM   #1
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Overfilling a box


So I planned on adding one more outlet in my garage right below the switch on the right of the attached picture (behind the box of water bottles). The new outlet will be right behind the mini fridge, so I don't have to run an extension cord.



When I unscrewed the existing switch, I noticed there are (4) 14-2 cables going into it, one bringing power, one going to the exterior light via the switch, and two powering other devices downstream in the circuit. If my math is right, the four cables and switch require a 22 ci box. Since the box is 24ci, it means I cannot add another 14-2 to power my mini fridge because I would then require a 26ci box. Is this correct??

What are my options at this point? What happens if I overfill the box?? Or should I just drop another outlet under the outlet in the middle of the picture?? One good thing is the middle outlet is already gfi protected and it's on a 20a circuit. So maybe the would be the better choice. The only problem is, the cord on the fridge is too short. Would it be easy to replace w/ a longer one???

Sorry for all of the questions. Thanks a lot.
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Old 03-22-2010, 10:07 PM   #2
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I think I'd just move the fridge to the left
Drill a hole thru the bench & plug it in

Or run a long powerstrip along the top of the bench & then drill a hole & plug the fridge in





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Old 03-23-2010, 08:04 AM   #3
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Could you run a cable from the outlet box at the middle of the table to feed the new receptacle nearer the fridge? (Is that box less crowded?)
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