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Electrical Outlet Installation: Let a Professional Help

Electrical Outlet Installation: Let a Professional Help

As we add more and more electronic devices to our lives, our need for outlets increases. In older homes, especially, electrical outlet installation was often done more randomly and with less frequency than today’s standards dictate. If you live in a home with too few outlets - or find yourself relying a little too heavily on power strips and extension cords - adding additional electrical outlets is the safest way to supply all your devices with the power they need. Outlet installation is a bit more involved than simply plugging in an extension cord, but with help from the right professional and some knowledge of the process, it can be a pretty painless project.

Choose a Location

The first step in adding outlets to your Midtown home is to determine approximately where you’d like them to be. If you are able to be somewhat flexible about the location, the job will be quicker and less expensive. The closer to existing outlets and electrical fixtures an electrician can work, the less cutting and new wiring will be necessary. Precisely locating an outlet, on the other hand, may require more cutting into drywall and considerably more wiring. Walk through your house with an electrician and discuss location before embarking on outlet installation. This can go a long way toward easing the process.

Get Ready to Repaint

During the installation process, you should expect to have the electricity in your home switched off. This is a standard precaution for your family’s safety - the job will require exposed wiring - as well as that of the electrician. Depending on the location and extent of the job, you may also find yourself patching and painting any drywall that had to be cut away and was not covered by an outlet plate. Consider how you will cover the repair work. You can usually paint a patch, but you will need to think carefully if you have wallpaper. Talk to the electrician about your concern ahead of time.

Clearly, adding outlets to your home can be a daunting job, as projects involving electricity usually are. Call a professional electrician at Casteel Heating, Cooling, Electrical and Plumbing to help you assess what needs to be done and the scope of the project. You will get a better idea of the work, time and cost involved. Most importantly, you’ll have peace of mind letting a pro handle a job that can be dangerous for a novice.