I have an electrical outlet in the back of a cubby hole over my fireplace as it seemed built for televisions of the CRT variety.

My question is, I plan to just wall off that cubby as to be able to hang a flat screen television on said wall. In doing so, how do I move the electrical outlet forward, from its current position, to the new wall?

  • Is there a reason you can't simply run the cord to the receptacle's existing location? Apr 13 '18 at 1:53
  • Because I'm going to place a wall, complete with drywall, between my intended position for an outlet, and its current position.
    – joebeeson
    Apr 13 '18 at 1:54
  • What wiring method was used to wire the existing receptacle? Can you move that receptacle + box to the new wall? Apr 13 '18 at 2:03
  • That's basically my question I guess. There's not enough existing wiring to just move it. Could I pigtail a new run off the existing line?
    – joebeeson
    Apr 13 '18 at 2:06
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    In any case, any junction you make must remain accessible. You can’t seal a junction box up in a sealed cavity. If there’s not enough wire you may need to locate how that is fed, disconnect the old and then run a new circuit.
    – Tyson
    Apr 13 '18 at 2:46

If there is enough slack in the existing wire then you should pull it out up to the new outlet box.

If that's not possible then you can leave an access panel through which you can reach the old box and pigtail a short run of wire. Junction boxes must all be accessible using a screwdriver.

If you don't want to leave an access panel you can use correctly rated inline splices.

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