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How to install a quad electrical outlet

Updated February 21, 2017

A quad electrical socket has four receptacles for your electrical appliances. They can be cosmetically more appealing than plugging in a power strip to a dual electrical socket when you need more electrical receptacles. You can install a new quad electrical socket near an existing outlet, making your task of running the 12-2 cable easier, or you can replace an existing outlet with a quad outlet, in which case you wouldn't have to run any new cable. Either way, installing a quad electrical socket will supply you with additional receptacles.

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  1. Turn off the circuit breaker to the electrical socket from which you're going to run your 12-2 cable to your new quad outlet. Safety is always a primary concern when working with household electricity.

  2. Measure the size of your outlet box and mark the dimensions with a pencil on the wall in which you intend to install your quad electrical socket. If you're replacing an existing outlet, the dimensions will be slightly larger than the existing hole. If you're installing your outlet in a new location, locate the box adjacent to a stud to provide additional strength to your outlet.

  3. Drill a hole just inside the pencil line for a new location. If you're replacing an outlet, remove the old outlet. Use a keyhole saw to cut out the dimensions of the new outlet box by cutting along your pencil line.

  4. Feed a 12-2 cable from a nearby outlet if you're installing at a new location. Place the outlet box in the hole you just cut while at the same time feeding the cable into the box via a knock-out hole in the box.

  5. Strip enough insulation from the 12-2 wires to wrap around the wire terminals. Wrap the white wire clockwise around the silver-coloured screw. Wrap the black wire clockwise around the brass-coloured screw. Wrap the green wire around the green screw. Tighten the green screw.

  6. Attach short black and white wires from the first terminal screws to the second screws. Because it's a quad outlet, there will be an additional bronze-coloured and silver-coloured screws. Run a white wire to the other silver-coloured screw and a black wire to the other bronze-coloured screw. Tighten the screws.

  7. Use mounting screws to tighten the outlet box to the wall. Add the cover plate and tighten the cover plate screws. Turn on the circuit breaker.

  8. Tip

    Keep a small bowl nearby to hold loose hardware.


    Electricity is dangerous and can cause electrical shock.

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Things You'll Need

  • Drill
  • Keyhole saw
  • Pencil
  • Wire strippers
  • Screwdriver
  • 12-2 cable
  • Black wire
  • White wire

About the Author

Doug Hewitt has been writing for over 20 years and has a Master of Arts from University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He authored the book "The Practical Guide to Weekend Parenting," which includes health and fitness hints for parents. He and his wife, Robin, are coauthors of the "Free College Resource Book."

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