Installing a range outlet, recessed in the wall style. Kitchen Remodeling:

50 Amp Stove Wiring -
Installing A Recessed Range Outlet

 
In This Article:

The 6-3G cable is stripped and connected to a stove receptacle. The outlet is secured to the metal junction box.

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Skill Level: 2-3 (Basic to Intermediate) Time Taken: About 15 Minutes

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Final electrical work, such as installing a range outlet, is normally done after the drywall has been finished and painted.

Stove outlet wiring in metal junction box, before connecting receptacle. After the drywall was finished and painted, I pulled the stove wiring out of the junction box. This cable is 6-3G, which means there are three 6-gauge wires with a ground wire.

 

This is a NEMA 14-50 range outlet, which cost about $10 at Home Depot. NEMA 14-50 range outlet, 4 prong, for wiring a stove outlet.

Before the 1996 National Electrical Code, a 3-prong outlet was used in most houses, while this 4-prong was required in manufactured homes. Now all new homes are required to use this 4-prong outlet for ranges.

 

A mud ring is necessary to mount the outlet in the square metal junction box. We used a 1/2" deep mud ring, but other depths are available, including a flat mud ring.

 

I slipped the mud ring over the wires and attached it to the box.

 

I stripped the insulation from the ends of the wires. I used a knife because my wire strippers can't strip large sizes of wire like number 6.

 

The connections on the stove receptacle use these large clamping devices.

 

Connecting wires to range outlet. I placed each wire in its appropriate hole and tightened the screw.

The ground and neutral (white) connections are each labeled, while two connections are labeled as simply as "hot". The black or red wire can go in either hot connection.

 

After the four wires were connected, I pushed the wires and outlet into the junction box.

This was harder than it sounds. 6-3 cable is quite stiff, and it had to carefully bend it into a coil and push it into the double-depth junction box. I can't imagine trying to force this cable into a single-depth 4-inch junction box.

 

Then I screwed the outlet to the mud ring.

 

Oops!

A couple of days later, while connecting the stove cord and installing the appliance, we had to rotate the outlet a quarter-turn, because...

 

... the cord needed to go sideways to keep it out of the way.

 

Once the cord was tucked carefully into the recess at the back of the stove, we pushed the appliance against the wall and tested the burners.

 

More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Flat-Blade Screwdriver
  • Cordless Drill/Driver
  • Utility Knife

Materials Used:

  • NEMA 14-50 4-Prong Range Outlet
  • Mud Ring, ½" Deep
  • Range Outlet Cover Plate
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Web Links: Recommended Reading:
  • Wiring A House by Rex Cauldwell, published by Taunton Press

 

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Written December 11, 2006