move wiring and add outlet


Old 03-24-06, 09:38 AM
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move wiring and add outlet

I had a range hood which was hard-wired into the wall behind it. I am replacing the hood and want to put in a range-top microwave. I need to move the wires up about a foot into a cabinet and put in an outlet. The range hood is gone but I cant tell which wire is which. I have a white wire (I assume neutral) and 2 black wires. How can I tell which wire is hot and which is ground?

Also, would it be easy enough to pull those wires up about a foot or do I need to extend the wires somehow? Can I use these wires for a standard outlet?

I've never done any wiring before, is this something I can do myself or do I need an electrician? Also, what tools/supplies would I need. Anything else I need to take into consideration? Sorry for all the questions, I just want to make sure I do this safely and correctly. Any help would be much appreciated, thanks in advance.

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Old 03-24-06, 09:59 AM
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A wall hung microwave instructions will call for a dedicated 15 or 20 amp circuit.

If you try to install this on the existing circuit you stand a very good chance of overloading it.
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That makes sense. I noticed that my fridge is on the same circuit, I'll call a professional. Thanks again for the help.

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