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Recessed Outlets: Benefits Of And How To Install Them

Protruding electrical plugs take up precious space in your home, can cause to sit several inches away from the wall, and can create terrible eyesores. Luckily, recessed outlets can help with these problems. Read on to learn about the benefits of them and how to install them in your home.

What Are the Benefits of Recessed Outlets?

They are extremely low-profile and sit deeper inside the wall, which will prevent protruding plugs and even protect electrical cords from crimping and bending (so no more unnecessary damage to your cords!). Overall, this helps to not only assist in the functioning of your furniture and interior design, but it helps with the set-up as well.

You will finally be able to slide sofas, dressers, desks, bookshelves, and more against walls, which will allow you to gain more space throughout the home. You can hide plugs and wires in the kitchen by pushing appliances against the wall and backsplash, which will allow you to make the absolute most of your counter space (which you never have enough of!). You can also hide wires and cables behind your flat-screen television.

How to Install a Recessed Outlet

To install a recessed outlet, you will first need to turn off the circuit breaker that runs the existing outlet. Make sure that you turned the correct circuit off by plugging in a device into the outlet. Once you have confirmed that there is no electrical power being supplied to the outlet, take the outlet cover off and then remove the actual outlet. Be careful when detaching the wires.

Next, you will hold up the recessed outlet box to the outlet and mark its location, as it will be larger. Make sure it is level. Use a utility knife to cut the marks that you just made. You can use a flathead screwdriver to pry out the old electrical box. Once out, you can insert the new box and thread in the existing wiring into the new one. Tighten up the retaining tabs and wire in the new outlet. Make sure the receptacle is secured, install the cover plate and trim and then restore electrical power. Go ahead and test it out with a device to make sure that it works.

Contact a Professional for Help

If you need assistance with the installation of the recessed outlet or just the wiring, don't hesitate to contact an electrical service contractor in your area. This is particular true if you are installing several throughout the home.