How to Get Electricity to a Kitchen Island
January 16, 2022
Some of us spend most of our time in the kitchen, cooking for our families and preparing delicious meals. To mix, stir, and crush certain ingredients together, electric gadgets are needed. For these certain gadgets to work, an outlet should be within arms reach so you can work efficiently. In modern kitchens, there is usually a kitchen island in the center. They help well with providing a wide space to work with, however the lack of an outlet could be a problem. If you would like to install or add new outlets to your kitchen counter, call Mr. Electric of Dallas and well send our well experienced technicians to help with the job.
- Measure the dimensions of your receptacle box and draw it out on the kitchen island. Cut your rectangle hole on the island wall with a saber saw or jigsaw to create space to place the receptacle box later so that you can install the electrical wiring.
- Find the nearest general purpose electrical circuit in your kitchen. Measure the distance between your outlet space and the electric circuit, then cut out the amount of wire you need. Be sure to cut more than needed in case you measured wrong, or things dont go as planned.
- Open the doors to the kitchen island and drill 3/8-inch holes beneath where you plan to place the electrical wiring and through joists between the electric circuit and the receptacle box.
- Turn off the power to your house. Set your receptacle box inside your rectangle hole and mark the areas of the corresponding screw mounts on the wall of the island. Screw your box into the island after drilling your screw holes.
- Thread the end of the wire through the receptacle box, leaving about 8 inches for working purposes. Cut off the covering and cut the wires to the length you need with some pliers. Using the pliers, bend the tips of the wires into U shapes so that you dont cause lose connections. Drill your wires into the receptacle and complete the connections for the GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter) outlet, then cover the receptacle with the faceplate.
- Feed the opposite finish of the wire into the current container box. Eliminate the change plate and outlet from its mount and untwist the wire nuts interfacing the wires in the intersection box. Pair and contort the dark wires along with a wire nut and do likewise with the white wires. Curve the ground wire off on the power source's ground screw.
- Turn the power of the house back on and test if the outlet is working well.
Course of Action
If you do not work well with electricity or are uncomfortable, you can always call a licensed electrician from Mr. Electric, and they will come and install your outlet for you. As much as we love to educate and teach people about the job we do so they can try it themselves if needed, we will not turn down the call for help. Contact us for professional outlet installation, and we will help you choose the best outlet for your kitchen.