My Garage/Work Shop Makeover #4: Adding new receptacles

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Blog entry by MT_Stringer posted 06-20-2013 05:14 PM 5616 reads 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: New Cabinets Over the Tool Box Part 4 of My Garage/Work Shop Makeover series Part 5: Wall Cabinet #2 Build »

With my tool box where I want it to be from now on, and one cabinet set in place, it was time to modify my electrical receptacle. I have been using this single receptacle with a 6 outlet adapter for 20 years. It is time for a makeover!

First thing I did was determine which breaker fed the existing receptacle. That only took two tries! :-) I even used a Klein circuit breaker finder but it didn’t do as good a job as I expected. But I managed to isolate the power. Since I am the only one here this week, I was good to go.

If you look closely at this picture, you can see the existing receptacle.

A trip to my local big box store provided a few things I needed to go along with the supplies I had on hand.

I removed the existing receptacle box and mounted a conduit box a little to the right and a little lower on the wall so the conduit would run easily beneath the cabinets. It is attached firmly to the wall stud.

After re-routing the romex through a plastic bushing into the box, I closed up the old hole in the sheetrock and patched it up with drywall mud. After it was painted, it simply disappeared.

I decided to put only one receptacle in this particular box so I would have room to tie in the wires. That turned out to be a good move on my part.

After some careful measurements, I cut the 1/2 inch EMT tubing and installed two more boxes. Each is mounted to a wall stud.

Don’t let the camera angle fool ya, everything is level, at least it is according to my 4 foot level. :-)

Time to close it up.

After some touch up painting, the wall looks like new.

Hurray! My mods passed the smoke test! :-)

This brings me up to date. I have my work bench cleared and ready to assemble cabinet number two.
Stay tuned.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 06-20-2013 05:33 PM

I tip if you may. When working over my workshop, I wired a mechanical 60 minute timer switch to one on my outlet boxes. The two Craftsman battery chargers plug into them permanently. When I want to charge the batteries (only 60 minutes per instructions) I pop the battery(s) in and turn the dial and leave the shop or continue working knowing that they get charged for the proper amount of time.

Kinda like this:

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL

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#2 posted 06-20-2013 06:10 PM

Good move with the quads. It could almost be a rule of thumb: if you need an outlet there, you’ll eventually wish you had a double duplex.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#3 posted 06-20-2013 06:46 PM

Thanks for the tip Jim.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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