I recently had an electrician install a grounded/three pronged outlet in my home, which was built in 1957. After realizing that my walls are made of plaster, he asked if it would be okay just to add another outlet next to the old one because he wasn't sure how the plaster would react if he tried to remove the old outlet box and wiring, which were both set snugly within the wall.
Since the outlets would be behind a media center wall unit and not be seen, I said okay. Everything worked out fine and the plaster responded well to having a new outlet installed. I was also pleased with the electricians work.
I would like to have a grounded outlet installed in another room to accomodate my computer and equipment. However, I don't want to have two outlets on that wall, which I'm afraid the electrician will want to do to avoid the same problem as above. The wall is going to be exposed and I don't want it to look tacky with two outlets by each other.
1. Should I find another electrician or will I run into the same problem with every electrician considering the walls are plaster?
2. If I insist that this electrician work with the existing outlet and not create a new one, is it up to me or the electrician to repair any damage to the wall that may occur? Would I have to hire a plasterer?
3. Do I just have to put up with having two outlets next to each other if I have additional outlets grounded and given designated lines/switch to the circuit breaker? That doesn't seem reasonable.
If it matters...The electrician charged me $65 to install the outlet and designated line/switch to the circuit breaker. Is that reasonable?
Any help will be appreciated. Happy Holidays!