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JanetH

12:07PM | 11/13/03
Member Since: 08/27/02
5 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
We have a 75 year old colonial and the number of electrical outlets in places that weren't gutted and rebuilt is pretty depressing. We've got an updated electrical panel but the outlets aren't where we need them.

For instance, we have a dining room wall that shares the living room. We have an outlet on the living room wall but need one on dining room wall on the other side. Can I just connect an outlet on the opposite site by cutting a hole in the same area behind it and wiring it up somehow? I've done some very basic wiring stuff - ceiling fans, lights, but I'm not sure if what I'm suggesting is practical, safe or what.

Tom O

03:30AM | 11/14/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
487 lifetime posts
Typically, the receptacles in the dining room are supposed to be on the small appliance circuits, which also serve the kitchen receptacles.

As a practical matter, I don't think many inspectors would get upset if you installed a receptacle in the manner you described.

There are other considerations, though. The box that you will be getting power from may be too small to accomodate the additional conductors that you will be installing. Also, if it is a plastic box, you will have no way of complying with the requirement of either attaching the cable to the box or securing the cable to the stud within the prescribed distance.

Is there any access to this area from above or below? If so, you may be able to run a cable all the way back to the panelbox or to a nearby junction box.

Tom

electricmanscott

03:24AM | 11/15/03
Member Since: 11/05/01
101 lifetime posts
Quite frankly this is wrong. You can't feed a dining room receptacle from a living room circuit. Call an electrician and have it done correctly. If you are going to go through the trouble of doing it wouldn't you want it done right?
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