DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum > DIY Home Improvement > Electrical and Wiring > Inaccessable outlet - remote control?

Help Support House Repair Talk by donating using the link above.
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-16-2010, 10:26 AM  
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 3
Default Inaccessable outlet - remote control?

So...among my many to-do items on the house list, I have two electrical outlets that need some love. Both are typical outlets and are just above the top of two sections of my kitchen cabinets. The idea is that these would be nice to plug in "top of cabinet stuff", such as rope lighting, Christmas lights, who-knows-what. Unfortunetly they were a late add during the construction process and I failed to think things through all that great - so they are not switched. They work great - but I don't feel like crawling up and down onto my countertops every time I want to switch them on or off.

So I've done some looking for a plug-in or a replacement outlet that could be remote controlled. I've seen a few things on the X-10 but never anything that convinced me that was the way to go. I'm not a huge fan of putting in hard-wired switches as the two outlets are on different walls - so I'd be making rather large holes in walls that were just completed less than 3 months ago...sigh, hind-sight really is 20-20.

Any suggestions from any one?

rdennisjr is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2010, 11:07 AM  
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Welland, Ontario
Posts: 1,483
Liked 259 Times on 220 Posts
Likes Given: 19


If you can put the switch derectly below the receptacle you not need any large holes. The hole for the new switch should be large enough to fish a wire straight down from the receptacle.

X10 products are very popular.
JoeD is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2010, 10:00 PM  
triple D
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 296
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default hire someone....

A real electrician should be able to get both plugs switched from one location. Probably with no damage to walls at all if there is access above or below. Maybe close in cost to. Just a thought, good luck....
See my work-Check out my album. "Git 'Er Done":D
triple D is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter DIY Home Repair Forum Replies Last Post
Moving An Electrical Outlet / Cable Outlet shycas2008 Electrical and Wiring 9 08-22-2014 08:21 PM
Adding 110v Outlet off of 220v Oven Outlet? savatreatabvr Electrical and Wiring 4 01-25-2014 06:21 PM
Ceiling Fan Remote Control Wall Switch? savatreatabvr Electrical and Wiring 12 10-26-2013 11:25 PM
Remote Control of Thermostat aardvark HVAC 2 11-01-2011 10:26 AM
Remote Control Lawnmower NOVA Pros General Chit-Chat 5 10-28-2008 11:49 AM

Newest Threads