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Old 03-10-2013, 10:21 AM  
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Anybody here an electrician?

Have to install a couple of new outlets in my house, looking for somebody to do the work. I'll do some handy man stuff around the house, but generally try to stay away from electrical work.
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:28 AM   #2
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:30 AM   #3
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If it is just a couple of outlets you can do it yourself and save a lot of money
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:52 AM   #4
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Just replacing old outlets to new, or installing new ones completely?

Replacing is so easy you should throw away your man card if you hire someone.

Installing new ones is pretty easy too. Just figure out if your breaker can handle the increased load and run some ROMEX between. Turn off the breaker, verify that the power is off, and match the wires up and you're done.

If the current box is too congested, add a second one and use one for the junction and the other for the outlet.
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:01 AM   #5
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I have about 20 new outlets to install this spring, too. It's really not that much of a pain in the ass, but just make sure your wires are connected correctly. The people that lived in our house didn't do that and we have a few outlets that are "scary".

Anyway, whether you do it yourself or hire an electrician, (which may or may not charge you out the ass), I would suggest buying one of these...

It's a GFCI Outlet Tester and they're cheap.


You can test all of your outlets beforehand to see if there are any other outlets that need replacing. Then you can test the new ones to make sure that they were wired correctly.
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:03 AM   #6
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:44 AM   #7
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:47 AM   #8
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Just replacing old outlets to new, or installing new ones completely?

Replacing is so easy you should throw away your man card if you hire someone.

Installing new ones is pretty easy too. Just figure out if your breaker can handle the increased load and run some ROMEX between. Turn off the breaker, verify that the power is off, and match the wires up and you're done.

If the current box is too congested, add a second one and use one for the junction and the other for the outlet.
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Two new outlets....replacing is simple, done that a number of times. Need to run a new outlet into a closet on the main floor, and add one in the basement.
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:49 AM   #9
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Unless he buys an outlet with a brass ground screw, :-).
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:50 AM   #10
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If the closet has a ceiling light fixture you could just change it out to one of those ceramic pull-chain fixtures that has an outlet built into it.
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Unless he buys an outlet with a brass ground screw, :-).
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Well I'm working on the assumption that he has a brain and can tell which one is the ground.
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Two new outlets....replacing is simple, done that a number of times. Need to run a new outlet into a closet on the main floor, and add one in the basement.
Adding one won't really hurt the breaker, I'd just splice off the closest outlet and save yourself some cash. You can be done in an afternoon.
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:54 AM   #13
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If the closet has a ceiling light fixture you could just change it out to one of those ceramic pull-chain fixtures that has an outlet built into it.
Nope, just a relatively small coat closet with no light unfortunately. Turned it into a closet/office. Putting printer and router in that space, so need power.
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Nope, just a relatively small coat closet with no light unfortunately. Turned it into a closet/office. Putting printer and router in that space, so need power.
Ah that's a bummer. If you're talking about fishing a bunch of wiring through walls you definitely need someone who knows what they're doing.
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:07 PM   #15
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I'm glad I wasn't the only one thinking that you were just replacing a few outlets.

Running wires and all that crap... yep, hire an electrician.
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