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Old 04-26-2013, 11:35 AM   #1
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electrical question

Ok, this will likely be very easy for a lot of you, but I've never really worked on electrical outlets. I'm planning on swapping a standard electrical outlet that is located above my fireplace, with a recessed outlet that will allow me to hang my TV without the plug sticking out.

Is it as easy as switching out the box and faceplate? Obviously I'd have the main breaker off but anything else I should know?

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Buy a retro box rated for 110v in plastic.

Take pictures of the wires connected to the existing outlet.

Connect wires to new outlet and make sure you have no exposed bare wire.

Tape your wire nuts individually with electrical tape.

You will be fine.
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Buy a retro box rated for 110v in plastic.

Take pictures of the wires connected to the existing outlet.

Connect wires to new outlet and make sure you have no exposed bare wire.

Tape your wire nuts individually with electrical tape.

You will be fine.
Ok, I will be buying a recessed outlet kit today. I assume it will include pretty much whatever I need, inlcuding the box to position the outlet further back in the wall...
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A few things...first, get a 'ticker' so you know the outlet isn't hot when working on it.

Second, you'll probably need a new box, as mentioned, but for a recessed outlet, you'll have less room to work the wires around in the box, so make sure you know how many wires you have going into your box...and if it's more than 2, you might want to consider getting a double gang box so you have room to work them around. Depending on what type of box you have in there now, you might be fine as is, or you might need to take it out...and use that retrofit box.

Post a photo of what you have...should be straightforward.

By the way, when hooking up the outlet, please don't use the stabs in back, but hook the wire on the screw clockwise...so it wraps tighter when you tighten the screw...and tighten it firmly.

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PS - Treat the outlet like a gun (always loaded.)

Don't let any bare wire touch any other wire or the metal box at any time
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Great info guys, thank you. Yes I will buy a ticker for sure.

Glockman, love the gun analogy.

There is plenty of room behind the box as it is a fireplace that is mostly hollow between the drywall and the flue. I'll have to look at the existing box to see what I am working with...

I'll take some pics over the wknd.
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Make sure you aren't coming in contact or close to the fireplace vent.
Especially with a plastic box
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Make sure you aren't coming in contact or close to the fireplace vent.
Especially with a plastic box
Thanks JJ, I think I have a good 12 inches between the drywall and the flue. I know because we had to open some holes in the sides to run speaker wire.
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