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Old 09-27-2009, 10:41 AM   #1
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I would like to add an electrical outlet to a kitchen island counter top. To meet code, I know I can lay it down flat even it is raised above the top of the counter. The counter top is wood, cherry, and we don't use it to cut on.. mostly to place teh dishes and such. Any suggestions?

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Buy a "cut in box" along with a cherry wood cover plate. They are sometimes called "old work" boxes. Curious, why on top?

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To meet code, I know I can lay it down flat even it is raised above the top of the counter. The counter top is wood, cherry, and we don't use it to cut on.. mostly to place teh dishes and such. Any suggestions?

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You mean you know you can't lay it down flat ?

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Receptacles in Countertops and Similar Work Surfaces
in Dwelling Units.

Receptacles shall not be installed in a face-up position in countertops or similar work surfaces.
There are recessed outlets that will pop-up that have outlets on the side
Very expensive
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Common sence seems to dictate one would not want a electrical outlet facing upwards in a countertop. There must be somewhere else you can mount it on the side of the island?
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You may need a mounting box called a tombstone.
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You could probably use something along the lines of http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=11109, never thought to try it in a kitchen. However, they are very expensive for what that do. As JV said, why on top? Normal treatment would be to put it on the side of the cabinet under the island.
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You could mount this underneath the countertop maybe?

http://www.wiremold.com/diy/products/plugmold.asp

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