What Are Some Tips for Wiring Multiple Outlets?

When wiring multiple outlets, first consider whether the outlets should be wired in series, in parallel, or with a more complex double receptacle arrangement. Draw a diagram showing the wiring plan of each outlet before turning off the electricity and starting the wiring project.

When connecting wires to each outlet and running them through the walls, use an electrical stapler to secure each wire to the wall stud to prevent the wires from hanging or becoming loose. At the junction box located next to each outlet, staple an extra 8-inch loop of wire next to the box.

Remember that a home circuit should have no more than 15 separate loads on it. Each outlet counts as one load. Also, check local building ordnance codes to determine if a particular wall outlet height is specified by law. When installing multiple outlets, line up all of the junction boxes at a similar height to make installation easier.

Homeowners and electricians who wish to install a ground fault circuit interrupter typically run a two-wire cable from the ground fault circuit interrupter to each receptacle individually. The interrupter's line terminals need to be connected to the circuit source, while the load terminals must be connected to each of the receptacles with a pigtail splice in parallel.