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.
Where no means exists within the snap switch enclosure for connecting to the equipment grounding conductor or where the wiring method does not include or provide an equipment grounding conductor, a snap switch without a connection to an equipment grounding conductor shall be permitted for replacement purposes only.
A safety device used to interrupt the flow of electricity in case of a short or overloaded circuit. These can be made of glass with a threaded base for 120 volt branch circuits, or a cartridge design with a copper cap on each end for 240 volt circuits. Fuses are found mostly in older homes with small, 60 amp service panels.
After deciding the route, mark and cut the holes for a new receptacle, switch or fixture using the outlet box as a template. Before installing the new box, use the hole to aid in running the new cable.
There are 3 basic types of wall switches you will encounter in most situations. A single-pole switch is the most common you will find and can be identified by two screw terminals, and in the case of new devices, a third one for ground.
A current-carrying wire in an electrical circuit, also called the grounded circuit wire, it serves as the return path for current, and is connected to ground at the service panel. In household electrical circuits the neutral wire is colored white or gray. Some circuits make use of the white or gray wire as a hot wire, when this is done it will be marked with black tape or paint to identify it as hot.
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.
By code the junction box must remain accessible, so look for a spot where the cover plate will blend. Use a 3x2½ inch device box like the ones use for wall outlets and set it at the same level as the existing wall receptacles to minimize visual impact.