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Question DetailsAsked on 11/17/2015

how much would it cost to add two electrical outlets to opposite sides of an enclosed porch?

I want to install two electrical outlets to two sides of my porch. How much will this cost

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Depends on a lot of things - how easy access is to your breaker panel, or to another circuit nearby which can carry the load, whether this is consider "outside" or inside service (hence needing GFCi or AFCI protection), and whether you want the wiring run through the walls or if exposed conduit is acceptable.

For a normal up to maybe 50' run across the porch, with easy access to a suitable circuit and conduit (which if "indoor" environment could be architectural cable run track so better looking), might run in the ballpark of $300-500 range. If having to run a new circuit from the breaker box, could be from another $100 to several hundred depending on access and length of run, plus cost of drywall repair to close up and paint access holes. If you want it to be within the walls, could easily get into the $250-400 range for the installation (assuming drywall walls), plus a couple hundred on up for wall repair for access holes every few feet. Probably at least several hundred more if you don't want to disturb the drywall so exterior siding has to come off for the install, then be replaced.

Obviously, the cheapest is tapping the nearest suitable power source, then run conduit up under the rafters or maybe under the deck to access the outlet locations, and pop up there to put in the outlets. In a few areas exposed direct burial rated cable is legal for this, but I would not - pay the few extra bucks (if any) for the conduit, to avoid wiring damage and posssible fire risk from kids playing under the deck nicking the cable or rodents chewing on it.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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