Installing outlet on screen porch

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Old 01-04-14, 06:58 PM
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Installing outlet on screen porch

Let me start out by saying that I have done very little electrical work myself.

I am going to install a TV on the wall of our screen porch and to save some money I am going to try to do all the wiring myself. I will be getting power from an electrical outlet in our bonus room and bring the wires down from the ceiling.

My question is, do I need to get an outlet that has a GFI (?) switch on it or will just a regular outlet work?

Also, any other tips to help make this job go smoothly would be very much appreciated.

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Old 01-04-14, 07:25 PM
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It's just called a GFCI receptacle not switch and yes you need one. It should be weather resistant. Also it should have an in use cover unless fully protected from weather.
 
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Old 01-06-14, 06:57 AM
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You'll need to get a blue 'remodel' type receptacle box. It has little ears that catch the drywall and hold it in place.

Next, you'll have to figure out whether you're connecting to a 15A (likely) or 20A circuit. Plug in a lamp or a radio in the bonus room and find the appropriate circuit breaker. If the breaker is marked 15, you should use 14ga wire. If marked 20, you need to use 12ga wire.

Good luck, and if you have other questions, we're all here to help!
 
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Old 01-06-14, 08:40 AM
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I will be getting power from an electrical outlet in our bonus room and bring the wires down from the ceiling.
Inside the wall or on the face of the wall?
 
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Old 01-06-14, 06:46 PM
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The new receptacle will be on the face of a brick exterior wall.
 
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Old 01-06-14, 06:50 PM
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You should use a deep weatherproof box to mount the receptacle since it will be exposed.
 
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Old 01-06-14, 09:14 PM
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The new receptacle will be on the face of a brick exterior wall.
Wiring from the ceiling will need to be in weatherproof conduit. Individual conductors should be used in the conduit. Romex cannot be used there.
 
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