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Outside Electrical outlets question

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  • #756166
    GTokley
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    Belleville, ON

    I own a older house that only has a one outdoor outlet a the back of the house. I have electrician coming next week to update my service and add couple outlets. I want to add more 1 or 2 outlets outside also. I would like have a outlet at my side door & front door. I am just wondering if this makes sense to do or is this a normal practice?

    Greg
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    #756174
    RonW
    Moderator
    Holladay, Tn

    Makes perfect sense to me. I like having a few outlets around the house. Makes things much easier when I need power.

    Ron

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    #756175
    Sorpa
    Pro
    Pierrefonds, Qc

    It’s normal.
    Put one next to the garage door too.

    #756181
    Miamicuse
    Pro
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Never hurt to have too many receptacles.

    I would make sure the receptacles are on 20A wiring just because outdoor usages tend to be more demanding power tools.

    Install GFCI receptacles unless they are already on a GFCI breaker.

    Since EVs are getting more and more popular you might get the front driveway or inside garage a ready to go special receptacle for your future Tesla LOL!

    #756186
    GTokley
    Pro
    Belleville, ON

    Makes perfect sense to me. I like having a few outlets around the house. Makes things much easier when I need power.

    Thanks! I know it was a bit of pita to hook Christmas lights on the front of the house when the only outlets is at the very back of the house.

    Greg
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    #756187
    GTokley
    Pro
    Belleville, ON

    It’s normal.

    Thanks!

    Put one next to the garage door too.

    No garage yet.

    Greg
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    #756188
    GTokley
    Pro
    Belleville, ON

    Never hurt to have too many receptacles.

    This what I was thinking.

    I would make sure the receptacles are on 20A wiring just because outdoor usages tend to be more demanding power tools.

    I will keep this in mind. Thanks.

    Since EVs are getting more and more popular you might get the front driveway or inside garage a ready to go special receptacle for your future Tesla LOL!

    I guess you never what will happen.

    Greg
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    #756193

    I own a older house that only has a one outdoor outlet a the back of the house. I have electrician coming next week to update my service and add couple outlets. I want to add more 1 or 2 outlets outside also. I would like have a outlet at my side door & front door. I am just wondering if this makes sense to do or is this a normal practice?

    Yeah definitely a good idea , obviously the electrician will put them on a GFCI breaker, they definitely are practical , most newer houses have a few of them , usually 1 at the front and back plus 1 at the garage , but seeing as you don’t have a garage , maybe he can put a few in the crawl space you have under the house , unless you already have some

    #756196
    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    I would like have a outlet at my side door & front door. I am just wondering if this makes sense to do or is this a normal practice?

    Makes sense to me too. I have outside outlets both front and back and even on the back wall to the shop. This way I can have power anywhere outside without having to use a ton of extension cords.

    Automotive Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    #756208
    GTokley
    Pro
    Belleville, ON

    obviously the electrician will put them on a GFCI breaker, they definitely are practical

    This what I was thinking!

    , maybe he can put a few in the crawl space you have under the house , unless you already have some

    Don’t really need any in the crawl space as there is 2 in the crawlspace already.

    Also planning on having another outlet installed in the kitchen. The main reason the electrician is coming to change our fuse panel to breaker panel and update the service coming into the panel. They were suppose come in October.

    Greg
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    #756210
    Miamicuse
    Pro
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    when you change to a new panel make sure to get as many slots as you can allow for future expansion.

    with more and more demand you never know if you might want to add a circuit for this, a circuit for that down the road.

    Many panels allow for “thin” or half size breakers. You can see them advertised as “20 slots 40 circuits” enclosures but to maximize it you have to use thin breakers. The issue with thin breakers is they don’t typically make GFCI or AFCI breakers in half sizes. So go the maximum allowed slots if at all possible.

    It’s not always possible to install outside receptacles on a dedicated GFCI breakers. Sometimes it’s easier if there is a box on the inside already and just to extend that box outside to add a surface mount receptacle without going through the trouble of running new wiring all the way from the panel just for one receptacle here and one there. Of course code dictates as some places you cannot extend beyond the area the circuit serves, like if it’s a circuit that serves small appliances inside kitchen many places will not allow it to be split off to one outside receptacle, or some places do not allow lighting and receptacle circuits to mix on new work.

    #756215

    obviously the electrician will put them on a GFCI breaker, they definitely are practical

    This what I was thinking!

    , maybe he can put a few in the crawl space you have under the house , unless you already have some

    Don’t really need any in the crawl space as there is 2 in the crawlspace already.

    Also planning on having another outlet installed in the kitchen. The main reason the electrician is coming to change our fuse panel to breaker panel and update the service coming into the panel. They were suppose come in October.

    Have you thought about putting in a surge protector in the new panel , I don’t have one , but was thinking about getting one installed , I usually have power /surge protector power bars for tvs and other electronic items , but having the whole house protected I’d good , just a thought

    #756259
    GTokley
    Pro
    Belleville, ON

    obviously the electrician will put them on a GFCI breaker, they definitely are practical

    This what I was thinking!

    , maybe he can put a few in the crawl space you have under the house , unless you already have some

    Don’t really need any in the crawl space as there is 2 in the crawlspace already.

    Also planning on having another outlet installed in the kitchen. The main reason the electrician is coming to change our fuse panel to breaker panel and update the service coming into the panel. They were suppose come in October.

    Have you thought about putting in a surge protector in the new panel , I don’t have one , but was thinking about getting one installed , I usually have power /surge protector power bars for tvs and other electronic items , but having the whole house protected I’d good , just a thought

    No I haven’t given any thought. I too have surge protector power bars on my tv’s

    Greg
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