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    Default Can electrical outlets be placed in existing concrete floor?

    We live in a home that 3 walls are concrete along with a concrete floor. We have taken out 2 walls making our living room larger. Our dinning room, kitchen, and living room are an open area but our couches are in the middle of the room not against the walls any more. So needing to have plugins in the concrete floor.

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    Default Re: Can electrical outlets be placed in existing concrete floor?

    Anything can be done with enough money and time thrown at it. Your best bet here is to look for a conmmercial contractor rather than an electrician, as the concrete work might be the more substantial part of the project, and they will likely have their preferred electrician ready to handle the rest. Their general knowledge around this type of construction may also save you money as there can be several ways to do this (which only an on-site inspection will show). If access is easy and they have the boring equipment a conduit could be run under the slab reducing concrete cutting inside to a minimum. There could be several ways to run the wiring from inside-only if that's better. Most residential-oriented companies will not be as aware of all the options possible here though they can find some way to do it. There was once a 'ribbon wire' which could be run under carpeting and other flooring safely, perhaps it's still in use. I haven't heard anything of that since I left commercial work many years ago. No residential electrician will likely know much about this kind of thing because they never run across this kind of problem- that's why I say ask commercial contractors here.

    Get several contractors to look it over, offer you their options and prices, then go with the one you think best even if they're not the cheapest. If you get the proper permits and inspections (which you should) then whatever is done will be safe, but things like clean-up and better craftsmanship usually don't key into a cheapest price. Good work costs a little more but is always worth it in the end.

    Phil

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