Wiring Plug Outlets for 110v Electricity Wiring Plug Outlets for 110v Electricity

What You'll Need
110v power outlet
14/2 Romex cable
15 amp circuit breaker
Plastic outlet box
Insulated pliers
Staple gun
Staples
Wire cutter/stripper
Hammer

110v electricity is used to power residential homes, and wiring plug outlets from the main circuit panel to every room of the house is necessary to power the home. Before you begin, make sure that the power is turned off to the particular circuit you are working with. This article assumes that you have easy and direct access to the framing of the building, so no retrofitting is required. 

Step 1: Wire the Circuit Breaker

If it not already done, wire the 15 amp circuit breaker into the main panel of your home or building. This is done much like the outlet itself. The breaker will have 3 wires coming off it: black, white and bare or green. Attach the white wire to the neutral terminal of the circuit bay, the green or bare to the main ground screw or terminal and the black wire to the hot terminal. You have to strip back a few inches of the each wires’ insulation before you can do this. 

Step 2: Mount the Outlet Box

Wherever you want the outlet to be located, mount the plastic outlet box to a stud at least 18 inches off the floor. Plastic outlet boxes come with nails already set; you just have to drive them in. The box should not be flush with the stud, but rather protrude the width of the drywall so the cover plate will be flush with the painted surface of the wall.

Step 3: Run Romex to the Outlet Box

From the 15 amp circuit, run enough 14/2 Romex cable to reach the outlet box. Make sure there is slack enough for it to be properly secured to studs, sills and rims of the frame, however far it must go. Use the staple gun and carefully attach the cable to the middle of the studs, drilling holes in them where you need to pass the wire through. Do not puncture the cable with a staple or you will have to replace it. 

Step 4: Wire the Outlet

Once the cable has reached the outlet, pop open one of the tabs in the outlet box and feed the Romex through 6 inches. Strip the outer insulation off of it for about 4 inches and separate the 3 wires inside. Strip off 1 inch of insulation off of the black and white wires. To the green screw on the outlet, attach the bare or green ground wire. To the silver screw, attach the white wire. To the brass or gold screw, attach the black wire. To properly attach the wires, curve the exposed wire over into a hook shape and loop it over the screw with the end going over it in the direction it will be turned to tighten. Tighten the screw making sure it secures the wire. 

Check your connections and secure the outlet into the box with the provided screws. Turn the circuit on and check the power. If if works, you have just successfully installed a 110v outlet. 

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