Add an Electrical Outlet

Eliminate those ugly and often dangerous extension cords. You can add a new outlet quickly and easily without tearing open a wall, if you already have an electrical outlet in the other side of the wall. No extra holes. No messy patching and repainting. The procedure we show here allowed us to center our TV against a wall in the family room that had no outlet. Since there was already an electrical outlet in the other side of that same wall (facing into an adjacent bedroom), we just added a new outlet in the family room, drawing power from the bedroom outlet.

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Troubleshooting Dead Outlets and What to Do When GFCI Won’t Reset

Usually when an outlet goes dead, the fix is something simple and you can save the cost of a service call by doing the work yourself. We'll show you what's involved in troubleshooting a dead outlet. This article covers how to start your search for the problem by checking in the most likely places. If that doesn't work, we'll show you where to look for loose connections that may be to blame, and how to fix them.

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Should You Do Your Own Electrical Work?

Handy homeowners do electrical work all the time. With the right tools and knowledge, you can increase your skills safely and enjoy big rewards.

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How to Install Electrical Outlets in the Kitchen

Not that long ago, the average kitchen counter was home to a toaster, coffeemaker and maybe a blender, but things have changed. It's getting harder to find an available outlet to plug everything in. Extension cords and power strips are unsightly and can be dangerous. The only real solution is to add more outlets.

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Testing GFCI Outlets

All GFCI outlets have one little-known flaw: their circuitry eventually wears out, usually after about 10 years, at which point they no longer function properly. Here's the whole story.

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