I need to add a wall receptacle in a bedroom. (There aren't enough outlets as is.) The bedroom is on the main floor of a 1-story house, with an unfinished attic and an unfinished basement. Walls are old, plaster and lathe. The receptacle would essentially get added on to the end of the circuit that powers the other receptacles in the room.
The NM cable for that circuit already runs under the floor, easily accessible via the basement, and then up through the floor to each receptacle. (This was done when replacing old knob & tube wiring, which is why the cable doesn't just run through the walls from receptacle to receptacle, which would have required a whole lot of damage to the walls.) The cable to the new receptacle will also need to run under the floor, and then up through the wall to the new receptacle.
Is it better to:
- Tie into the cable in the basement, under what is currently the last receptacle, using a junction box (and then over and up to the new receptacle)? or
- Tie into the cable in what is currently the last receptacle (daisy-chain), and then run the new cable back down into the basement (and then over and up to the new receptacle)?
On a general level, the question is: when adding a new receptacle, is it better to daisy-chain when possible, or just use a junction box?
My assumption would be that it doesn't matter. As long as the receptacle is large enough to accommodate the additional wiring, then go with daisy-chain; otherwise, use a junction box. But maybe there's something else I need to consider? The daisy-chain method in this case would require an extra 2ft or so of cable, but I can't imagine that's an important factor.