(Inside: I hope this tutorial for How to Install an Outdoor Plug sparks some interest–because this is so useful! I can use my leaf blower ANYWHERE!)
Ok, before I electrify you with this amazing DIY (see what I did there?!) you need to start by turning off the power.
Nobody needs an electric outlet outside so bad that they can’t stop for safety first. So, all the electric off, ok?
Then, get your Romex ready, because it turns out that installing a plug outside is so easy, your grandma could do it.
Dudes, this is How to Install an Outdoor Plug – nerdy style!
Be sure to check out the video I made of How to Install an Outdoor Plug–it’s pretty simple, once you see it all come together.
And hopefully, that sparks your motivation to install an outdoor outlet of your own.
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What You Need to Install an Outdoor Plug
- Outdoor Plug Kit like this one–I can’t find the one I used online for some reason
- Romex Wire (mine was already dangling on one end where it was connected to a plug inside)
- Mason Drill Bit
- Masonry Screws
- Screw Driver
- Wire Strippers
- Needle Nose Pliers
- Tape Measure
How to Install an Outdoor Plug
- Turn off the power.
- Measure inside the building where you’d like to have your plug. It didn’t matter to me where it was vertically really, but I cared that I didn’t drill into a stud, so I measured from the outside wall to the closest stud and made sure I was off that stud by at least a couple inches.
- Mark that same spot outside that you measured inside.
- Drill a hole with your masonry bit. Make sure to go all the way through the wall.
- Thread your wire through the hole–and then strip the wires.
- Dry-fit the box with the wire and then mark the holes where your plug kit has holes–OH! NO! Mine didn’t. So, I (meaning my husband because he thought it would be fun) drilled holes in the back of the kit–using a punch to keep the drill bit from wandering all over.
- Once you HAVE holes to mount the plug kit to the wall, mark the hole locations on the wall.
- Using your masonry drill bit, predrill your holes in the wall.
- Mount the box to the wall with the masonry screws.
- Wire-up the outlet–copper ground wire to the green-ish screw, black wires to the gold screws and white wires to the silver screws.
- Then affix the outlet in place however the instructions on your kit require. I forgot to read my instructions. Oops.
- Turn your power on and test it.
- Close up any holes.
- Enjoy having power outside!
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