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Old 12-19-2008, 04:48 PM   #1
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distance to a power outlet

within which farthest distance must the nearest power outlet be in any room ?


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Old 12-19-2008, 05:14 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by amakarevic View Post
within which farthest distance must the nearest power outlet be in any room ?
Wiring a house to Code minimum, electricians usually place the first receptacle 6 ft from the door and every 12 ft after that.


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Old 12-19-2008, 05:34 PM   #3
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If you know what furniture and electrical appliances (including lamps) will be in the room, I like to have a receptacle close to that location, and not behind a sofa or other large furniture. A switched receptacle for a lamp is nice, and required if you don't have another switched luminaire (lighting fixture) in the room.

That said, the rule of no point along a horizontal wall will be more than 1.8m (6 ft) of a receptacle applies first, so any receptacles located near specicific appliances will be in addition to, unless your desired location happens to be the required location.

In my old house, there is a receptacle conveniently located midway along the longest wall... which just happens to be the same wall where the sofa is. Needless to say, nobody uses it. The receptacle, that is; not the sofa<g>

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Old 12-19-2008, 05:41 PM   #4
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Another good way to remeber it is that you should be able to reach any point on the wall with a 6' extension cord. That equates to receptacles at least every 12'.

That measurement stops at doors, fireplaces, built-in cabinetry...But not at windows of any kind. Walls in excess of 2' long must be served by a receptacle.

These rules don't apply in kitchens, garages, hallways, baths and unfinished spaces. Different rule apply in those.
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The general idea of a safe design is that you will never need to use an extension cord anywhere in your home because outlets are everywhere you need them.

Also that you will not need to drape an appliance wire over a sink or a range because the outlets are on the side(s) where you need to use them.
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