How To Install Outlets In The Basement

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Finishing a basement is a great way to convert your basement into an additional living space. You can use it as your laundry room, a guest room, a man cave or a playroom for the kids. No matter what you decide to use it for, you will need electricity. Outlets are going to be needed in the basement, which you can do yourself if you have some basic tools and knowledge of electrical work. Otherwise, you should probably get in touch with people from sites like http://www.allstateelectricboise.com. Here are some tips for installing an electrical outlet in your basement.

Gather Your Supplies

There are quite a few tools and materials needed to install electrical outlets in the basement. This may seem like a long list, but you probably have many of them already in your garage. If not, you can find them at your local hardware store. For electrical outlet installation, you will need:

  • Masonry bits
  • Spade bits
  • Plastic wall anchor kit
  • Cable straps
  • Electric drill
  • Cable
  • Cable connectors
  • Electrical tape
  • Cover plate
  • Wire strippers
  • Razor knife
  • Hammer
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Screwdrivers
  • GFCI circuit breaker
  • Duplex receptacle
  • Electrical box

Install the Electrical Box

The first thing you need to do after gathering your supplies is decide where to install the electrical box. You can put it at any height you want, so consider the wall it is going on and what else you might want in that area of the basement. Hold the box against the wall so that you can mark holes where you will mount the box. Choose an appropriate masonry bit size and drill screws into the mounting holes for the box. Use your hammer to tap the plastic anchors of the box into place.

Add the Cable

Install one of your cable connectors inside the electrical box, and route it from the service panel to the box. The cable may also need to be run through the rafters by using a spade bit. Check with your local building codes to find out how much space is necessary for the cable. Take one end of the cable and put it through the cable connector so that it comes out of the box at least a few inches. Tighten the cable connector screws to keep the cable in place. Remove the outer jacket of the cable with your razor knife, but make sure don't damage the insulation. Use the wire strippers to remove just an inch of insulation from the end of the conductors.

Wire the Outlet

Create loops at the end of the conductors by using your needle-nose pliers, and place the black wire's looped end under the brass screw, then tighten that screw. Do the same with the white wire loop and the silver screw. The bare-colored wire goes under the green screw. With your electrical tape, wrap the screws to secure, then attach the receptacle to the box. Install the receptacle cover over the box. Turn off the circuit breaker at your service panel, then remove the panel's cover. Install the other cable connector to the side of the panel box. You can now install you new circuit breaker to the electrical panel and connect the GFCI breaker.

Finish the Installation

Now you are ready to insert the cable into the panel and connect the wires. The white and black wires should be connected to silver and brass screws on the GFCI breaker. You may now replace the panel covers and turn on the breaker to test out your outlet.

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