additional outlet

Old 01-29-01, 04:08 PM
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I want to add an outlet in a room. Can I tap of an existing outlet's wiring for the new one. The one I want to "tap" off of has black and white wires red.. Please advise the wiring instructions if this can be done.
Old 01-29-01, 05:05 PM
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Yes, it's easy. Just run a 12/2 or 14/2 (match existing wire size) from this outlet to the new outlet. If the old outlet has all the wires connected to the outlet itself (i.e., no wires connected only to each other in the back of the box), then just connect everything by wire color, and connect black to brass screw and white to silver screw at new outlet. Buy an $8 outlet tester at Home Depot to check it when you're done.

I still suggest you get a home wiring book at the library so you'll be aware of a number of miscellaneous details.
Old 01-29-01, 05:21 PM
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thanks john. another question. the existing box does not have a red wire. what do i do with the red wire for the new box, just cap it off?
Old 01-30-01, 12:14 PM
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As John said, use 12/2 or 14/2. This wire doesn't have a "red". It has a black , a white and a bare (or sometimes green).

If you already ran a cable with a red wire (that would be 12/3 or 14/3), yes just cap it off at both ends.

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