Kitchen Outlet Repair

     After I bought my house I wanted to get a refrigerator and use it, I discovered that the kitchen outlet I was going to use wasn't grounded though. Fortunately that's not a big deal when you know the basics of electric wiring. The outlet had the ability to be grounded, but when the previous owner had run power to it they didn't bother connecting a grounding line, and used two wire cable rather than three. I could have hired an electrician to do it for me, but that would have been expensive, and I live in a place where I can do my own electrical work. Running new wire is never without challenges and I had a few bumps along the way, but I got it working and now have a nice cool refrigerator.

     A few things to mention that I did incorrectly in the video. Per code wires should have six inches of slack in any given run to provide for future repairs. Outlets on the back tell you which side to put the hot/positive wire to, had I read the instructions I wouldn't have screwed up on wiring my outlet. Metal boxes should be connected to the ground of the outlet.


     Before attempting to do any electrical work of your own make sure that you are allowed to by your municipality. Not all places are cool with you doing your own work, and some will require you to get a permit before doing work.

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