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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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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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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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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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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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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.....:whistling2:
 

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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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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.
It is not always possible to obey that rule in old construction.... :)
 

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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 ...
It's an IKEA (Billy) bookcase actually
It will cover the current outlet, so it wont be seen at all (and I will put a plate onto it anyway)
But I still need the outlet to power my PC...This is why I need to shift that outlet approx 10" max on the right, thus it won't be behind the bookcase
And lack of luck, the stud is on the wrong side !!!
 

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French guy moving electrical outlet

Among other things you cannot drywall over the outlet box that will now become the junction box It will need a removable cover plate. Chances are that the romex wire will not be long enough and will never the less be stapled to the framing. You do not need to move the new outlet box to the next wall stud but can put most anywhere using what is known as a "cut in box"
 

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It's an IKEA (Billy) bookcase actually
It will cover the current outlet, so it wont be seen at all (and I will put a plate onto it anyway)
But I still need the outlet to power my PC...This is why I need to shift that outlet approx 10" max on the right, thus it won't be behind the bookcase
And lack of luck, the stud is on the wrong side !!!
Use an " old work" box and you can put the receptacle where you need it to be.no stud needed.
 
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