Project Guide

How to Install Remodeling Boxes

1
TURN OFF POWER AT THE CIRCUIT BREAKER BOX
circuit breaker box - Install Remodeling Boxes
  • Turn off power at the circuit breaker panel box.
  • Use a voltage tester to ensure power is off at the outlet.
2
MARK THE DRYWALL FOR THE NEW BOX
Mark the drywall - Install Remodeling Boxes
  • Hold the remodeling box up to the drywall where it will be installed.
  • Use a stud finder to ensure you don’t install a remodeling box adjacent to a stud or pipes.
  • Trace around the box with a pencil to mark the area to be cut.
3
CUT THE DRYWALL
Cut the drywall - Install Remodeling Boxes
  • Use a utility knife to score the drywall paper along the outline of the box.
  • Use the drywall saw to carefully cut out the hole. Go slowly to ensure you don’t cut any wires behind the wall.
  • Push the remodeling box into the hole for a test fit. It should fit snugly, but you shouldn’t have to force it.
4
LOOSEN THE OLD OUTLET
Loosen old outlet - Install Remodeling Boxes
  • Using a voltage tester, ensure the power is cut off at the electrical outlet from which you will draw power.
  • Unscrew the faceplate from the old outlet.
  • Pull the outlet away from the box.
5
FEED THE CABLE TO THE OLD BOX
Feed cable old box - Install Remodeling Boxes
  • Use a screwdriver to knock a hole in the back of the old box, at one of the knockouts.
  • Feed the wiring through the hole in the box and out the other side of the wall.
6
CONNECT THE WIRES IN THE OLD BOX
Connect wires in old box - Install Remodeling Boxes
  • Use the wire strippers to strip 5/8 inches of insulation off each end of each wire.
  • Using new wire connectors, connect the wires from the cable to the existing wiring.
  • Connect white to white, black to black and ground to ground.
7
MOUNT THE REMODELING BOX
Mount the remodeling box - Install Remodeling Boxes
  • Pull the new cable through the hole in the wall where the new outlet will be located.
  • Strip about 10 inches of sheathing off the cable.
  • Insert the wires through the hole in the back of the remodeling box.
  • Insert the box into the hole.
  • Screw down the clamping tabs carefully until the box is tight against the wall.
8
WIRE THE NEW OUTLET
Wire the new outlet - Install Remodeling Boxes

Attach the wires to the new outlet and connect the white wire to a silver terminal screw, black wire to a brass terminal screw and bare copper wire to the green grounding screw.

9
INSTALL THE NEW OUTLET
Install the new outlet - Install Remodeling Boxes
  • Screw the outlet into the box.
  • Attach the faceplate.
  • Turn the power back on and test the new outlet.