Male 3 prong receptacle for wall mount TV ?

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Male 3 prong receptacle for wall mount TV ?

My terminology may not be accurate so please excuse me for that.

I am looking for 'female 3 prong wall switch" to extend my electrical connection from the bottom of wall to behind a wall mounted TV.

See the following picture as to what I am looking for (item on the right in the picture):

PowerBridge In-Wall Power Outlet Extension Kit for wall mounted flat-screen LED LCD Plasma HDTV-PB-1161 at The Home Depot

I am trying to build something like this myself instead of buying the kit. Just can't find a wall receptacle for the bottom part. Where can I find something like that?
 

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Old 02-18-14, 11:10 AM
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What you want to call it is a electrical receptacle or power outlet. What I don't understand is your question about making it yourself. You don't make these, you buy them as your link indicates. They must be to code. There are all types and they need not be as expensive as the one you show.
Look up recessed wall outlets.
 
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What I referred to as 'building myself' was building the kit myself, Not building the receptacle.

I have looked under recessed wall outlets but cannot find a 'male' outlet. Can you forward a link? (i am referring the to the one on right in that link).

I mistyped in my original post - I am looking for the 'male', not 'female' ..
 
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WOW! This scares me. I never saw such an outlet. It exposes 120 v to anything that comes into contact with it. Not safe. I didn't think anything like that would be built. I'm not surprised you can't find anything like it. I'm Stumped. How about some of our professional electricians cluing me in as to how and why this thing would be made.

Edit.. I understand how this is used on equipent like a generator but not in home enviroment.
 
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Not sure it is a code compliant idea. It basically requires the permanent use of an extension cord but code prohibits the use of extension cords as a substitute for permanent wiring.

Here is the code compliant way. The bottom receptacle is an existing receptacle, hopefully in one of the stud bays covered by the TV. If not a little extra work removing a base board is required. Less then $15 in materials and will look a whole lot better.

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Alternate receptacle that will raise your cost a bit but handle your cables too.
Leviton 690 2 Gang Recessed Duplex Receptacle and 6 Port Quickport Plate | tselectronic.com.
 
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I told you the best way in my post. Opinion: I would never Jerry-rig it that way.
 
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scarry at first

After viewing the links you pointed out this device is to be used inplace of an existing receptacle that is hidden behind a cabinet/stand no permanent power to be wired to it, it is basically an extension cord in the wall allowing both receptacles to remain hidden with the drawing you provide it may be easiest to fish a wire and install a new receptacle where desired.
 
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This is my challenge
And this would be a good solution:

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Relentless wrote:
it is basically an extension cord in the wall
But the NEC says extension cords are for temporary use. It would be up to a local inspector to determine if it met local code. Then Relentless wrote:
it may be easiest to fish a wire and install a new receptacle where desired
And I agree. See the modified diagram in my post above.
 
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The solution from Home Depot doesn't leave live prongs exposed. The two boxes shown are mounted close together connected by Romex in the wall. Then an extension cord is is plugged into the exposed male to supply power from another nearby outlet The instructions are clear that no extension cords are to be buried.

If it were me I would go with Ray's suggestion - you might get lucky and the existing outlet is in the same channel of studs.

Edit - I was too slow to post!
 
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you might get lucky and the existing outlet is in the same channel of studs.
Not much luck involved given the six foot rule for receptacle location and the fact the TV probably covers at least part of three stud bays. No reason the receptacle has to go dead center as far I know. Just be hid by the TV. Note the amount of labor to do it my way is the same as yours.
 

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The male prongs are an inlet and are dead until the cord is plugged in. The cord shown in the kit brings power to the inlet from an existing receptacle. It is not used in the wall. An appropriate cable is run in the wall between the inlet and the outlet behind the television.
 
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TV in wall wiring

In the picture posted you can see the coil of NMB cable for installation in the wall. As pointed out by pcboss the recessed male inlet is not a code violation as it is never energized while exposed. This product lets you extend the wiring down from the TV without having to tie wiring into an existing receptacle box. Not sure how the AHJ views this as there is the installation of wiring within the wall and one inlet and one outlet box installed. Here is a general view of the installation and a link. In-Wall Power Solutions - Feed Power Remotely to your HDTV and hide cables behind the wall
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The external cord allows for the installation without the need to drill the studs. Thanks for posting the instructions B.
 
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The external cord also allows for installation of a surge protector or battery backup.

If you don't need either just put in a receptacle behind the TV.
 
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