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How do you install a new circuit for an outdoor outlet?


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2015-07-15 21:42:25
2015-07-15 21:42:25

You will need an electrician.

Tim is probably right in that unless you are knowledgable, call an electrican. Saying that, if you are knowledgable, you must install a GFCI circuit outdoors. This can be tied into an existing circuit if that circuit has no more than 9 existing lights & plugs already connected. Use 12/2 with ground wiring.

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No, it is more difficult than installing a new plug. You cannot reuse the wire, it must be a dedicated circuit, you will need a new outlet, and you will need a new breaker. Install a new plug.

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You probably mean to change it to a 240 V outlet... either case, you'll need to run a new wire and install a new breaker.

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Just install the new fixture with black to black, white to white, and cap off the ground wire on the new fixture. It'll be fine.

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If you have an electrical outlet not working and you have an idea what you are doing, you set out to repair it. First, you check the circuit breaker for a thrown circuit breaker. If that is not the case, you get a volt meter. When you have a volt meter, you throw the circuit breaker to that outlet. Then you take a screwdriver and you remove the outlet but keep the wires attached. You make sure the wires are not touching anything. You go back to the circuit breaker panel. You turn on the electricity. Then you test the wires with your voltmeter. If it shows they have electricity, you know the problem is the outlet. If not, you have a different problem. You go back to the panel and turn off the circuit breaker. You put the outlet back in. If the problem was the outlet you buy a new outlet. In the United States, a number of hardware and electrical supply stores sell them. You go back. You turn off the circuit breaker. You remove the outlet from the wall. You notice where the wires are. The new outlet also comes with an explanation of how to attach the wires. You attach them and put the outlet back in the wall. If the problem was not the outlet, you call an electrician. While an electrician will cost money, a burned down house will cost more money.


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