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I am moving an outlet in my bathroom. The original outlet is where we would like to put a vanity mirror. These outlets are located above the vanity. The faucet is about 6 inches to the right of these photos.

The cable comes from above and is not long enough to reach the new preferred outlet location. I would like to extend the cable without putting in an entirely new one. I have a couple of questions:

->Can I connect another foot of cable in the junction box using wire nuts and put a plate over it?
->Do I need to use a metal junction box or can I use a blue plastic one here?
->Is there a better way to accomplish what I'm trying to do?

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Above you can see the current location of the outlet / junction box.

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The red rectangle above represents where I would like to move the outlet. I also want to rotate it horizontally.
 
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How do I extend a cable by a foot to move an outlet along a wall?
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OK the code says (in the US anyway) that anything entering and leaving a box or other device must be accessible. Look in "Definitions" for what the NEC deems accessible. So if I understand correctly you want to splice a foot of wire in the box, put a cover on it and then render it inaccessible by covering it all up with the new mirror? Can't do that legally. Put in a new circuit. Pull the old wire back to the attic as suggested above, (or abandon it) properly mount a box, make your splice and then run the new section of wire to where you want to relocate the outlet. Hope this helps.
 

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