Electrical Wiring in the Home/moving electrical outlet


I am redoing my kitchen backsplash, so have demo down to studs.  Would like to move existing outlets down closer to countertop so will not be in middle of new tile backsplash.  Orginal wiring comes down wall from attic.  So would not be enough wire and anyway stapled in place to move down.  Is there anyway that I could make this work without running new wire from main panel. Can I splice in additionally wiring and cover splices in old box and cover???  Thanks for your help.  Donna

Robert Wilber
Licensed Philadelphia Electrician
Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765
Electricity is dangerous!
You can be injured or killed!
Improper installations can cause fire, injury and death!
Are you qualified to do this work?
National Electrical Code definition, NFPA 70 2008 Article 100: Qualified Person. "One who has skills and knowledge related to the construction and operation of the electrical equipment and installations and has received safety training to recognize and avoid the hazards involved."
Electricity is fire in a box!
Always check with the local “Authority Having Jurisdiction” for an official interpretation before making installation decisions.
In Philadelphia, it is unlawful for anyone except an individual licensed by the City of Philadelphia to install electrical equipment and wiring.
Homeowners are not allowed to install wiring.
The owner of any property wherein any such installation is discovered shall be issued a violation by the Department of Licenses and Inspections.
The limited exceptions include replacing devices and fixtures at existing outlets.
Contact the Department of Licenses and Inspections for more information.
You are more likely to be killed by 120 volts than any other voltage [120 volts creates the PERFECT fatal current through the human body's electrical resistance!]
This information is provided for the use of parties as they see fit!
I am not responsible for the application of this information by any party, including those lacking sufficient skill or knowledge to perform these steps safely and any hazard created is the SOLE responsibility of the user.

No. You may not splice in the old boxes and bury them.
I encourage you to pull the staples, retract the cables to the accessible attic area and splice them properly there in junction boxes, with extensions to your new locations.

Have you looked at my website? If you look for the photo "Ugly" you will see what can happen when someone does what you propose.

The link was: http://www.wilberelectrical.com/burnout.asp

It cost the homeowner $3,500.00 to fix in addition to the $1,000.00 to locate the problem. The box was buried in a new tile wall, which had to be replaced because the tile was no longer available.
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Robert Wilber


Licensed Philadelphia electrician serving Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia County in Pennsylvania. I install and repair residential, commercial and industrial wiring and lighting. Troubleshooting and repair of problems that stump other people is my favorite. I am willing to help people figure out why things don`t work. I understand motor controls, transformers and machine wiring. I do not teach basics to novices or do free design work.


Experience in the area I have 44 years experience in residential, commercial and industrial electrical construction and repair, 480 volts and below. This is not to be confused with one week repeated two thousand times.

44 years experience in residential, commercial and industrial electrical construction and repair

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