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Adding Exterior Outlets to Your Home

Outlets on an exterior wall

Exterior outlets come in handy when completing household projects or hanging holiday lights. They’re a necessity for individuals with electric weed whackers or lawn mowers. Not to mention, they come in handy when you want to listen to music outside while relaxing. However, you must understand what’s entailed in the process of installing before you attempt to do it yourself.

  1. Shut Off the Power
    Before you start working with the electrical in your home, always shut off the electricity at the circuit breaker. You’ll want to use a voltage tester to ensure the electricity isn’t running to the outlet any more. This prevents any serious injuries from occurring.
  2. Find a Location
    The next step is to find a location. Generally, you’ll want to find an outdoor location where there’s an interior outlet on the other side of the wall. Avoid choosing a spot where a wall stud is. You’ll also want to check to see if you’ll overload the circuit with the new outlet.
  3. Cut Out the Hole
    The next step is to cut out a hole in the wall by marking the size of the outlet, which may be done through using the outlet as a template. Before you actually work with the outlet, you’ll need to remove the indoor one completely including the receptacle. Drill a hole in the wall behind a corner of where the outlet will go. Use a keyhole or saber saw to cut around the outline. Run the cables and install the exterior portion of the outlet.

Because installing an exterior outlet is a complicated and potentially dangerous process, it’s best to hire a professional to complete the project if you’re not trained to complete electrical work. Contact Hammond Services of Georgia to for all of your electrical needs or to schedule an installation.