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September 10, 12:23 PM [GMT -5]

I have a question, I mounted a flat screen TV in the corner of my bedroom and I would like to locate the outlet directly behind the TV so I don't have cords all over. We wall fished the CAT5 (we use streaming Internet TV) to the location. The problem is the outlet we use for power is not on the wall we want it on, it is around the corner and a couple feet away. We have a generous attic space to run cables and wires but I want to ensure I comply with all local safety codes. In my mind, I would attach an encased appropriate gauge wire to the top screws of the existing outlet (power is attached to bottom screws) feed the wire through the box and up the wall and across the attic, drill a hole at the top of the wall where I want to drop the new box and fish it down and into a new junction box where there would be the new outlet. This would create a daisy chain to the new outlet and leave that outlet on the same breaker as the rest of the bedroom outlets, there are presently 5. Does anyone with electrical and code know how see any glaring flaws with this plan? Please let me know yay or nay on the plan and let me know your qualifications. Thank you!!!

August 12, 4:21 PM [GMT -5]

By having more than 8 outlets connected to a 15A circuit, you run the risk of overloading your circuit. Even if you know everything that will be plugged into the outlets once you finish the project, the cord-and-plug loads may change over time. The less spare capacity you provide yourself on a circuit, the more likely overloads occur. When overloads occur, you start tripping the circuit breaker. It will trip over and over again if most loads on that circuit are typically used at once. So unless you are certain that there will never be more than one load on at a time or that the loads will not change for the life of the home, 8 or less outlets should be used on a 15A circuit at a maximum.

August 12, 4:07 PM [GMT -5]

The reasoning behind the 8 outlets comes from the NEC cord-and-plug connected load rule. Since every load actually connected to a circuit of all outlets would be cord-and-plug conected, this rule would apply. In a 15A circuit, code allows a maximum cord-and-plug connected load of 12A - 80% of the rated ampacity (with a 20A circuit this would be 16A). A standard outlet without a known load is standardly assumed to have a load of 180 Volt-Amps (VA). So 12A x 120V = 1440 VA / 180 VA gets you to 8 outlets. Of course if the load is known, you should use the actual Amps multiplied by the Voltage to make sure you are not overloading your circuit.

July 20, 9:43 PM [GMT -5]

The article says that code is no more than 8 outlets on a 15 amp circuit (unless I'm misreading). My question is what is the logic behind that? If there were, let's say 10 outlets (or any number of outlets), each with one device pulling power, but the total amperage was less than 15, what is the rationale behind the 8 outlet limitation?

July 20, 9:09 PM [GMT -5]

Assuming that the total amperage (including start up amps) is less than the circuit capacity, what is the logic (or risk) of having more than 8 items connected (and drawing power) at the same time?

May 21, 1:24 PM [GMT -5]

Be sure to wrap the wire clock-wise around the screw. Connect the white wire to the silver screw and the black wire to the brass screw. NOTE: Only ONE wire per screw ever!

November 18, 12:36 PM [GMT -5]

If both rooms are on the same breaker that's a nice way to add an outlet. Couple of words of caution are: 1) Don't overload the circuit. Only a certain number of loads are allowed per breaker. Applicable code and wire gauge dependant so seek the local authority for details. 2) Making orphaned electrical outlets by stealing power from another service can leave you thinking power to the bedroom is all off when the orphaned outlet is still powered from the den. Make sure your electrical panel makes orphan outlets clear. May not even be allowed in some juristrictions.

April 28, 4:14 AM [GMT -5]

good project

April 28, 4:14 AM [GMT -5]


April 28, 4:14 AM [GMT -5]

very good

April 28, 4:13 AM [GMT -5]


April 28, 4:13 AM [GMT -5]


April 28, 4:13 AM [GMT -5]

good project

February 05, 3:56 PM [GMT -5]

The outlet should have light and dark terminals - white wire to light, black wire to dark, ground (bare) wire to green.

May 26, 6:08 PM [GMT -5]

Not clear as to which screw the black and white wires are to be connected to and what happens if they are not connected to the right screw!!

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