Cut drywall patches to fit the space on each side of the new outlet box and attach them to the 2x4 support with drywall screws. Tape the seams with mess tape and cover the whole thing with joint compound and smooth it out. Apply several coats to build up a smooth finish that can be sanded and painted to touch up.
The force or pressure that causes electricity to flow, measured in volts. Voltage is also called Electromotive Force (EMF) and is cause by the potential difference in voltage from one end of a circuit to the other. With 120 volts at a circuit breaker and 0 volts at a light fixture, flipping a switch will cause the 120 volts to flow to the 0 volts.
A long copper bar inside a service panel or breaker box. All neutral and ground wires are attached to a ground bus bar to complete the electrical path. In some cases a service panel may have separate bus bars for neutral and ground.
A wall receptacles with two outlets. These are available rated for 15 and 20 amps, as well as special ground fault circuit interrupters (gfci) and isolated ground receptacles.
This page offers some options for locating an electrical source for a new wall receptacle or a light fixture, and running the new cable required. To make this job easier, it’s best to have a second person at one end or the other of a new run, to sight the end of the fish tape and help guide cable. Also be sure to always turn off the affected circuits before working on household electricity.
Short for ampere, a unit of measure for current or the volume of electricity running through a circuit. The amp rating for a device or cable determines the amount of current it can safely handle. Typical household circuits begin at 15 amps and go up to 50 or 60 amps.
To install a fixture using a coupler, thread the rod into the center hole in the mounting strap and set the rod depth so the fixture base will fit snuggly against the ceiling when it’s installed. Measure the depth of the cover plate to estimate placement, precision isn’t necessary here, small adjustments can be made to the position after the installation by turning the coupler nut. Be sure all the wires are stripped for splicing, hold the fixture up and feed them through the threaded rod into the outlet box.
Hold the fixture up to splice the wires. Usually the first wire splice will aid in supporting a small light, but have a helper assist with supporting a large, heavy fixture while making the connections. While still supporting the weight, attach the base to the mounting strap with the screws and tighten the base to the ceiling.