Can I put an outlet inside of a wall?


I want to mount a tablet to a wall with a charger but I don't want the charger to be visible. Can I put a normal wall outlet in the INSIDE of the wall and just plug in the charger inside the wall?

Location is Wisconsin, USA.

No. Section 314.29 of the National Electrical Code (adopted in some form in most localities in the US) requires that all outlet boxes be accessible without removing any part of the building or structure. That includes wallboard.

You could build a recessed section in the wall that has an easily removed front panel. You could install an outlet in that section, plug in the charger and then run the charging cable through a hole in that panel.

If the tablet uses a standard USB charger, you can now get outlets that have the charger built in. Then you just need to plug the low voltage USB cable into the outlet and into the tablet.

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How to find a power source

New remodeling box

A remodeling box has “wings” which open and clamp the box to the drywall. Cut your hole to exactly fit the box. Now you can learn how to wire an outlet.

This technique only works if you can use an outlet as a power source that’s opposite, or nearly opposite, the place where you want your new wall outlet. To determine how to wire an outlet and whether you can safely use existing electrical outlets, follow the list below.

You can use an outlet when:

If a switch or outlet is on a circuit that often blows its breaker or fuse, don’t make matters worse by adding yet another outlet to the circuit. Electrical codes restrict the number of lights or electrical outlets that can be connected to one circuit. Typically, you can have no more than eight lights or electrical outlets on a 15-amp circuit. To determine the amp rating of a circuit, just look at the number on its breaker or fuse in your main electrical...
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Electrical code requires outlets to be installed within properly mounted electrical boxes. April 26, 2006

We do mainly built-ins. Wall units, entertainment centers, and such. Backs have about 1/2" gap from drywall. What's the best way to mount an outlet inside a cabinet or on the back of an open shelving unit? I like to have electricians do the work, but am never sure how they deal with new and existing outlets.

Forum Responses
(Cabinetmaking Forum)
From contributor M:
Code in most places for that type of situation would be for the electrician to put a box extension on. That way, you would be able to put the cover plate inside the cabinet. I've seen a lot of people just pull the outlet through and screw it to the inside of the cabinet. Not a smart idea, nor do I recommend it, but it's been done.

From contributor J:
What's wrong with screwing the outlet to the cabinet?

From contributor M: ...
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A wall outlet is a wall-mounted electrical receptacle that provides a point for consumers to plug in various electronic items. Wall outlets provide flexible access to electricity for use with a wide variety of components. Some come with special features designed for specific applications, like devices used in wet environments. It is typically easy to relocate wall outlets as well as to add more to meet household needs, although homeowners may prefer to hire an electrician to do this work.

The design includes one or more electrical sockets designed to accommodate plugs of the most common type used in a region, with a cover to limit exposure to the interior wiring. Older outlets may lack a ground, while newer ones should be grounded in accordance with the electrical code. Some include ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) technology, which cuts power to the outlet in the event of a ground fault. This type of outlet is most commonly used in wet areas where there is an...

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No, not worth the risk.

It is against the National Electrical Code to connect extension cord wiring through a hole or opening in a wall, inside a dropped ceiling or under flooring.

Read more:

Extension Cord Laws |

The National Electrical Code® NEC® states:

NEC ARTICLE 400 Flexible Cords and CablesGeneral 400.1 Scope.
This article covers general requirements, applications, and construction specifications for flexible cords and flexible cables.

400.8 Uses Not Permitted (ref. Extension Cord) Flexible cords and cables shall not be used for the following:

(1) As a substitute for the fixed wiring of a structure
(2) Where run through holes in walls, structural ceilings, suspended ceilings, dropped ceilings, or floors
(3) Where run through doorways, windows, or similar openings
(4) Where attached to building surfaces
(5) Where concealed by walls, floors, or ceilings or located above suspended or dropped...

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В просторном лунном свете.

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As pointed out by many others at this point, direct answer to your question is No: you are not allowed to install an outlet inside a wall. All outlets and junctions must be accessible without having to modify building structure or components.

I would skip the high voltage entirely here and use Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) on Cat5e/6 cables to bring power to the tablet. This avoids the need for extra junction boxes, running 120V wiring, access panels, etc.

It's also very easy to fish Cat5e/6 through as small as 3/8" holes, making it fairly easy to run wherever you need to go. Another future benefit is that it's also relatively easy to tear out (compared to something involving 120V wiring/outlets) if you're moving or want to move or remove the tablet mount.

In your case you don't need the "data" part, so that simply wouldn't be hooked up.

The actual power supply can be anywhere the ethernet cable can reach (up to 100m/328'), ideally out of sight in the...

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Hi everyone-

I only have ONE three-way plug outlet in my kitchen. Am I stuck with where I put my refridgerator and/or stove because of this? I want to move one of them to the opposite wall in my kitchen, but I only have a regular (two-prong) electric outlet there. Are there adaptors or something I can use?


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