Adding an outdoor receptacle


Old 03-04-17, 01:41 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 176
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Question Adding an outdoor receptacle

I am interested in adding an outdoor receptacle to the ceiling of my back patio - the purpose being to plug in a TV and some string lights.

I have attic access to the patio and one of the receptacles from our bonus room backs right up to where I'd want to install the new receptacle. It'd be pretty easy to tap into that. Assuming I get a proper GFCI Weatherproof Kit, should there be any safety or code concerns that I should be addressing?

Sponsored Links
Old 03-04-17, 02:10 PM
Join Date: May 2015
Location: USA
Posts: 3,138
Received 1 Vote on 1 Post
As long as you don't tap into a dedicated circuit, like say for kitchen or bathroom receptacles, you are fine. GFCI, weatherproof housing, in use cover....

You may want to look at the Arlington in use boxes. They mount recessed so the in use cover doesn't stick out like a big bubble.

And seal where the cable penetrates the house with caulk or foam so you don't provide an entry for water or creepy crawlers.
Old 03-04-17, 09:03 PM
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 1,437
Received 16 Votes on 14 Posts
Sounds like a damp location, not wet. So in use cover not required, just cover when not in use.
Old 03-05-17, 09:22 AM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 176
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Those Arlington in-use boxes are perfect! Thanks for the recommendation.

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Your question will be posted in: