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Hey guys! Today I am going to be moving electrical outlets from the wall out to the cabinets I have added. That way it will be more centered and TJ’s desk will be in front of it so it will actually be a little hidden. I want to preface this by saying that I am not a licensed electrician, so if you need any help, consult an electrician. I am just here to show you how in case you do want to try it.
There is a little tool that has been vital to this project. You plug in the smaller of the two tools into an outlet and then you use the larger one to find which breaker it belongs to. This is so helpful if you are DIYing alone and don’t want to have to keep running back and forth.
First off, the power is completely off and I am going to cut these wires from the back of the outlet. There are two sets of wires and I am going to keep them separate. Each set comes with a black, white, and ground wire. The ground has been wired together so I will separate that and give each set one ground wire.
The cable I am going to use is a 14/2. There are two of them. Because one set comes with the same chord combination that I have in my wall – white, black, and ground. The plan is for me to connect my cable wires exactly to the wires in the wall and then the electricity will just extend out through the cable. In order to connect the wires, I have taken off the sheathing and I’ve cut off ½ in on the black and white wire so that they are exposed. I also trimmed the cables in the wall the same way.
Now I will connect the wires together with a connector. You will just twist the connectors on both ends of the wire of the same color. I will repeat this for the black and white wires. Then I will take the second cable and repeat this whole process again.
In order for me to have the cables go through the cabinets, I need to drill in some holes and add the socket to the outside of the wood frame. All I used for the holes was a spade bit. It comes in different sizes and is made specifically for cutting out holes. Then I measured and cut a hole for my gang box to go into. Next, I threaded the cord through the holes in the wood framing and drilled in my gang box.
Then I attached the wires to the outlet. You’re going to do black on the right side, white on the left, and ground on the green. There are also instructions on the back of the outlet in case you forget. Before I attach them to the outlet, I need to recombine the ground wires, from each of the two cables, together. All I do is twist them together using my hands and wrench if needed.
One thing to remember is that you have to keep the white and black wires from the same set together. They should be exactly opposite one another in the outlet. Then you just pop the wires into the back of the outlet. I will secure the gang box into the wood and then we are all done!