How To Install Multiple Outlets On One Circuit
When it comes to electrical work in your home, it’s always best to leave it to the professionals. In North Providence, Rhode Island, there’s no better option than B&K Electric. A family-owned and operated business with over 17 years of experience, B&K Electric is committed to providing top-notch electrical services to the residents of Cranston, Warwick, and all of Rhode Island. Whether it’s electrical repair, panel maintenance, or installation, B&K Electric has got you covered. In this article, we’ll be discussing a common electrical project that homeowners often need help with: installing multiple outlets on one circuit.
Before we dive into the process of installing multiple outlets on one circuit, it’s important to understand the basics of electrical circuits. An electrical circuit is a closed loop through which electricity can flow. This flow of electricity is controlled by a circuit breaker, which acts as a safety mechanism to prevent overloading and potential hazards such as fires.
Now, let’s get started on how to install multiple outlets on one circuit in your home:
Step 1: Plan and Prepare
The first step in any electrical project is to plan ahead and prepare the necessary tools. In this case, you’ll need a circuit tester, wire cutters, wire strippers, electrical tape, a screwdriver, and of course, the outlets you wish to install.
Step 2: Locate the Circuit Breaker
Before you start working on any electrical project, it’s crucial to turn off the power to the area you’ll be working in. In this case, you’ll need to locate the circuit breaker that controls the specific circuit you’ll be working on. In most homes, the circuit breakers are located in the basement or garage. Once you’ve located the breaker, turn it off.
Step 3: Choose the Placement of Your Outlets
Now it’s time to decide where you want your outlets to be placed. Take into consideration the layout of the room and where you’ll need the most outlets. It’s important to ensure that the outlets are not too close together to avoid overloading the circuit.
Step 4: Measure and Mark Your Wire
Using a measuring tape, measure the distance from the circuit breaker to where you’ll be installing the first outlet. Add an additional 6-8 inches to this measurement as you’ll need this extra wire for connecting the outlet. Mark this spot on the wire with a pen or piece of tape.
Step 5: Cut and Strip the Wire
Using the wire cutters, cut the wire according to the measurement and mark you made in the previous step. Using the wire strippers, strip off about ½ inch of the insulation from each end of the wire.
Step 6: Connect the Wires to the First Outlet
Using the screwdriver, connect the black wire to the gold screw on the outlet and the white wire to the silver screw. The green or bare wire should be connected to the green screw. Tighten the screws to secure the wires in place.
Step 7: Install the Outlet
Carefully push the wires back into the electrical box and secure the outlet onto the box using the provided screws. Ensure that the outlet is level and flush with the wall.
Step 8: Repeat for Additional Outlets
Using the remaining wire, repeat steps 4-7 for the remaining outlets, connecting them in series to the first outlet. This means that the black wire from the circuit breaker will connect to the gold screw of the first outlet, while the black wire from the next outlet will connect to the gold screw of the first outlet, and so on. This creates a continuous circuit for the electricity to flow through.
Step 9: Test the Outlets
Now that all the outlets are installed, it’s time to test them. Turn the circuit breaker back on and use the circuit tester to ensure that there is power running through each of the outlets.
Step 10: Secure and Finish
Once you’ve confirmed that all the outlets are working properly, secure them in place and cover the exposed wires in the electrical box with electrical tape to prevent any possible shocks.
Congratulations, you’ve successfully installed multiple outlets on one circuit! However, if you’re not comfortable with tackling this project on your own, it’s always best to seek the help of a licensed electrician, like the experts at B&K Electric.
Installing multiple outlets on one circuit may seem daunting, but with the right tools and know-how, it can be a simple and safe process. Always remember to turn off the power, plan and prepare, and test the outlets before finishing the project. With B&K Electric, you can trust that your electrical needs will be handled with care and expertise. Contact us today for any and all of your electrical needs in North Providence, Rhode Island.