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bdechill 12-03-2013 10:24 AM

Installing wall unit over an outlet
 
Hi,
I live in Pennsylvania and I am installing a wall unit in my dining room. In doing so, I will be covering up an electrical outlet. Do I need to move this outlet so it is accessible, can I make it accessible through the wall unit, or can I cover it up? Thank you.

joecaption 12-03-2013 11:13 AM

Is this a piece of furniture, or is it being attached to the wall?
How thick is the back of the unit?

bdechill 12-03-2013 11:15 AM

It is separate pieces and being attached to the wall.
Back of cabinets is about 1/4" thick.

joed 12-03-2013 11:23 AM

Since it is attached to the wall the receptacle can not be covered up. You can cut a hole in the back of the unit to expose the receptacle and be fine by electrical code.

bdechill 12-03-2013 11:43 AM

Even if the receptacle will only be accessible if the cabinet doors are opened and a drawer is pulled out?

md2lgyk 12-03-2013 04:40 PM

Yes, it would still be legal.

JKeefe 12-08-2013 01:00 PM

Actually, it depends. A building inspector told my parents that a receptacle installed inside of a cabinet on top of a bathroom vanity wasn't accessible. No drawer to pull out in that case, either; just two cabinet doors to open. I happen to disagree, but that doesn't really matter in that case.

md2lgyk 12-08-2013 06:35 PM

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Originally Posted by JKeefe (Post 1276175)
Actually, it depends. A building inspector told my parents that a receptacle installed inside of a cabinet on top of a bathroom vanity wasn't accessible. No drawer to pull out in that case, either; just two cabinet doors to open. I happen to disagree, but that doesn't really matter in that case.

Actually, the only thing it "depends" on is how knowledgeable the inspector is. I have two or three outlets inside wall cabinets, and passed inspection with no problem. In your parents' case, I would've asked (politely, of course) for referral to the code section that allegedly makes such receptacles noncompliant.

Fix'n it 12-08-2013 10:20 PM

i would put the wall unit where ever i felt like, however i felt like :yes:
then went and had a beer :thumbup:


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