how to hide a wall wart transformer
From powering our computer printers to charging our ipad, a wide variety of small transformers.
Behind our TV, there are at least four connected to devices such as cable boxes or my wireless stereo headphones.
Because some of these ubiquitous devices are inside the cabinet or behind the device, they are invisible and invisible.
However, many of the by-products of the electronic age have caused damage to the visual harmony of our family.
A proper example: in our kitchen, in the center of our home activity, the mother ship of the cordless telephone system is installed on the wall on the countertop (see photo).
Like many modern phones, however, it needs a rather large transformer to power it.
The good news is that there is a duplex socket next to the phone;
The bad news is that the wall is too ugly.
This situation requires a hidden remote power outlet.
So I decided to install the new outlet in the cabinet below by going down to the countertop, and most importantly, extend to the wall mounted duplex outlet next to the phone and put it in an invisible place
Here\'s how to do this. . .
Turn off the power of the circuit at the circuit breaker box.
Verify that the circuit is offline with a circuit tester, voltage detector, or voltmeter.
Either of these 3 tools can tell you if the power is off.
None of them are foolproof.
I usually check the circuit near where I know the heat with a voltage detector to prove that it works and then check the duplex socket I\'m going to work on.
I will also insert the circuit tester for safety.
The last tool I like about this job is the voltmeter.
Too many times, I see that the probe does not come into contact with the elements in the socket until I move a little.
Before starting anything, wear some eye protection even if it\'s just your regular glasses.
The wires and tools you are going to handle when you least expect them will hurt your eyes.
Remove the plastic cover from the duplex socket, remove the connecting screw, and then pull out the socket itself.
In doing so, I often wear some working gloves because a lot of the edges and ends of these sockets are sharp.
Often, the wires in the old outlet box are stiff and require some effort to pull the socket far enough to reach the lugs screw.
Now you can view the inside of the outlet box that holds the socket.
Unless there is already an unused opening at the bottom of this outlet box, you need to remove the knock
The plug-out at the bottom of the metal box so you can pass through the opening through a Romex cable. These pre-
The perforated disk is pushed inward, creating additional openings in the electric box.
In the new construction situation, an electric Union knocked off the disk with a screwdriver and healed from the outside with its hands.
But you will approach the box from inside.
In this case, use a small blade screwdriver and place it in the pre-
Punch and pry it up on the disk until the slot gets bigger.
Then you can insert a larger screwdriver and push it high enough until you grab K-
O clamp it with some needle and nose tongs and bend it up and down until it breaks.
Go through the new opening in the outlet box with a metal fish down Probe (One and a half
Rigid wire with small ring at one end)
Enter the inner wall space to make sure there is no noggin inside the wall between studs, horizontal 2x4 beams.
It\'s not a show, though.
You need to make a decision.
At this point, you either have to figure out how to drill at least one 1/2 hole on noggin, or look elsewhere for another position on the wall body, like in the cabinet above the counter
The latter is usually a better choice.
Place the new hidden socket in the cabinet under the counter and the process is almost the same unless you run the wires up through the wall instead of down.
This outlet box on the wall is likely to be attached to the bolt.
Please note this as the holes on the shoe covers you will make below must be on the same side as this box. Note-
In the above photo, the fish protrudes from the hole at the bottom of the outlet box.
Find out where you want the duplex outlet to be in the cabinet below.
Usually, it should be right below the socket you are connecting.
On the rear wall of the cabinet, draw the outline or footprint of the old working electric box.
Place masking tape on the outside of the line to help prevent sheetrock from cracking or breaking when you saw the opening. Drill a one-
Pass through the inches hole of sheetrock or board in a corner of the outline.
Use a hole saw or jigsaw puzzle to cut a rectangular opening on the back wall.
Keep in mind that there may be wires inside the walls you drill/cut and you don\'t want to damage it.
The sheets at the back of my cabinet are very old and very crisp with no sharp edges.
Insert a ruler in the new opening mouth to measure how much space there is between the inner and outer walls of sheetrock.
That is to say, whether the wall space will hold the old work in full depth (push-in type)
Do you need a shallow depth version of the export box? Note-
The term \"old work\" refers to the type of electric box added to an existing house, which is usually pushed into a newly created opening on the wall.
Using fish, go down from the opening at the bottom of the discharge box and feed the fish down through the wall space until it appears in the opening you just made in the cabinet below.
Pull the end of the fish out of the hole a little (see photo).
You need the meter Romex wire that connects the top and bottom boxes.
Then cut at least 1 feet and give yourself some extra wires on the back of each box, I. e.
, Some slack in Romex, allowing you to easily connect the line to the socket and allow for a failure
If you will have to use these sockets again in the future, free access is available. 1.
Push one end of the rotex cable through the opening at the top of the old working outbox. 2.
Peel back about 6 inch of the outer insulation covering at both ends of Romex, and then peel off the insulation on the black and white wires at both ends, enough to bend the C-shape in the wire.
This will make it easier to connect these wires to the socket (see photo). 3.
At the end of Romex where you push into the outgoing box, connect the three wires (
Hot, public and ground)
To the appropriate lugs on the new duplex socket.
It\'s much easier to do this on a workbench or countertop, rather than trying to work in a cabinet. 1.
Tie the loose end of Romex to the small ring at the end of the fish protruding from the hole on the wall. 2.
From the wall opening above the table top, push the fish Silk up through the wall and remove the loose end of Romex from the hole at the bottom of the outlet box (see photo). 3.
Remove the tape and loosen the end of the Romex line.
Connect two insulated Romex wires to the appropriate lugs screw on the side of the duplex socket in the top socket.
Black Wire to brass-colored lugs, white wire to silver lugs, bare copper ground wire is connected to a bundle of ground wire on the back of the outlet box through wire nuts. 1.
If you are trying to hide the transformer and its wires, you should first remove the phone from the accessory board.
Then pass the fish line through the holes in the plate, through the wall space, and down through the opening of the cabinet below.
In my case, I had to remove the mounting plate from the wall because the hole on the plate was too small for the fish to bend down. 2.
If the telephone line is not connected to the mounting plate, please tie a rope around the wire so you don\'t lose it on the wall. 3.
This time, you will take the fish out of the opening below, tie the plug of the Velcro on the wall to the fish line, and then pull it up through the wall opening of the phone, leave the transformer in the cabinet below, right outside the wall opening. 4.
Pass the transformer wire and telephone line through the hole on the telephone mounting plate and reconnect
Stick the plate on the wall. 5.
Insert the telephone line and the handset line into the back of the phone, and then replace the phone on its accessory bracket (see photo). 1.
Power back on.
The circuit tester is used on the upper and lower dual sockets to ensure that all leads (including ground wires) are properly connected. 2.
Turn off the power and push the socket back into the respective socket box and turn it back on
Install the screws that hold them inside.
Place the socket cover on two sockets.
In the cabinet, the Wall body will remain outside the wall, and its wires will pass under the lips of the outlet cover. 3.
Power on again.
Plug the wall\'s Velcro into a new socket in the cabinet to check if the phone is working properly (see photo).
The result is worth our efforts.
I may not have spent $10 on the parts.
My wife was very happy to see the fat on the wall disappear.
Here is the list of tools and materials needed for this project: 1.
The Romex 3 feet cable is about 12/2.
This cable has two solid insulated copper wire 12.
One black and one white, plus a bare copper ground wire, all inside the plastic insulated sheath.
Although I showed the Romex, which is 15 feet long (
For the sake of the photo)
, You can buy this wire on foot at Lao or Home Depot. 2.
1 old working power socket box 3.
A duplex electric socket 4.
A duplex socket 5.
Partially masking tape6. Wire fish-
Although you can buy items of all length, I used about 1/8-a few years ago-
The inch diameter steel bar of hardware store.
The rod is hard enough to go through the wall space and insulation, but when you put it in the exit hole of sheetrock, it is flexible enough to bend.
For small jobs like this, some hanger wires may do the job. 7. Circuit tester-
The device is plugged into a wall socket and is mandatory when installing a new socket.
It has lights on it, which can tell you whether the circuit is wired correctly and whether the grounding is connected. 8.
Glad to have the circuit tester and provide you with some backup to determine if there is an unexpected current in one of the wires in the socket box. It happens. 9. Voltmeter-
The amount of voltage in the Test circuit is OK, but when working around the field wire, my favorite \"fault protection\" mechanism is not. 10.
Peeling or knife for the removal of insulation.
The stripper was happy to have it, but the knife would strip the wires and crack the shell on Romex, which the stripper wouldn\'t. 11.
A pair of pointed nose.
Depending on the type of screw you come across, a flat screw driver or two, there may be 2 more cross screwdrivers.
A pair of wire cutters installed this-
Visual duplex socket about 1/2 years ago.
I hadn\'t considered at the time that the socket in the Cabinet might be used for anything else.
But after about 6 months I decided to install a 4-
Gallon use point water heater in adjacent tank cabinet.
I quickly identified the electrical outlet below.
The tank cabinet is not half what the electrician said. hot outlet.
Some brief background materials were compiled. The under-
Most of the home\'s tank cabinets have a duplex power outlet on the back wall for powering garbage disposal.
Some are wired so that both outlets are connected to the disposal wall switch next to the sink, while one of the other outlets is always hot (
Half mentioned earlierhot outlet).
If the latter is under the sink, you can use the always hot socket in the socket to power the small water heater.
If you have previous arrangements like me then you need to find an uninterrupted power supply somewhere else.
I was lucky to be able to drill one in my water heater project
I have installed a duplex wall socket on the public wall a few months ago to hide my wall body.
I\'m always amazed at how two completely different projects are combined in an unplanned synergy.
Does the wall renewal project unconsciously affect my thinking about the installation of the water heater?
I know so much;
There is that hidden duplex outlet in the cabinet next to the sink, which undoubtedly saves me some time to provide another power supply.
Solving the legality of doing these types of fixes is beyond the scope of this tutorial.
However, what I would say is that in most cities the homeowner is allowed to make some minor modifications to the electrical system of his home.
Some towns will allow you to simply apply for a permit online if needed and describe what you are going to do.
In the city where I live, I can get an electrician\'s license from the homeowner as long as his residence. e.
Although he may do electrical work in his own home, he has no right to do it elsewhere.
I passed the written test a few years ago and got such a license.
With it I can install up to 3 new circuits and do some other things.
By the way, adding these branch socket extensions does not consider adding new circuits;
The project is in the category of small electrical maintenance.
I know the regulations are different in every city.
In our town, they use the NEC 2008 manual as their electrical code, with some minor exceptions.
This project is fully compliant with the specification and I have verified this more than once with the specification compliance electrical inspector.
They also say that small electrical repairs like this do not require permits and inspections.
Reader, I will be up to you to make sure this project is in line with your local code.
Most electrical repairs like these extensions are easy to carry out and should be good confidence builders.
However, if you are in doubt or uncomfortable with doing these projects, be sure to get help from some experts --
And learn from it.
It\'s not rocket science, but it\'s dangerous to work around the wires, especially if you don\'t follow some basic safety rules.