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  1. #1
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    Default Surface Wiring Extra Outlets

    Can anyone tell/show me how to add extra outlets in my apartment using surface wiring?

    I live in an old building with only one outlet in each room, so I have to run extension cords

    Every where. It's sloppy and unsafe. I would like to add about 3 in the Living Room and 1

    In the kitchen. The place has plaster walls.

    Any suggestions?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Surface Wiring Extra Outlets

    Have a professional check it first. Installing additional wiring is harder than installing wiring in a house job.

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    Default Re: Surface Wiring Extra Outlets

    It is done with wiremold http://www.wiremoldproducts.com/ care must be taken not to overload circuits or mix wire sizes.

    Jack
    Be sure you live your life, because you are a long time dead.-Scottish Proverb

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    Default Re: Surface Wiring Extra Outlets

    Oh, and make sure you have permission from the landlord.

    Jack
    Be sure you live your life, because you are a long time dead.-Scottish Proverb

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Surface Wiring Extra Outlets

    Thanks, guys. I'll have a look at wire mold.

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    Default Re: Surface Wiring Extra Outlets

    When you are installing your Wiremold make sure that you ream it well whenever you cut it. It is easy to abraid the THHN conductors when you are pulling the wire.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Surface Wiring Extra Outlets

    Use pvc wiremold.

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    Default Re: Surface Wiring Extra Outlets

    You got some pretty good advices so far...but the best one came from Jack: get the landlord's permission to do any electrical work, and here's why:

    - No landlord likes it when a tenant makes alterations, and most, if not all landlords, have it in writing in the lease/rental agreement.

    - If a landlord agrees with your plan, get his approval in writing.

    - Then never do a micky mouse job. Only a licensed pro's work will be accepted.

    - Save all your receipts.

    Remember this: one day you will move, and you don't want any issues with this addition to hold your security deposit refund.

  9. #9
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    Default Re: Surface Wiring Extra Outlets

    Another good reason to hire a Pro; surface wiring may not be code where you live. Check before installing.

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