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Old 01-05-2012, 09:27 PM   #1
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Is it against code to install an eletric outlet in the upper wall corner, maybe 6-10" from the ceiling? I am finishing a small bedroom in my basement and would like to mount a small TV into one of its corners. Of course it needs power, so I'd like to install an outlet up there.

I would like to do the same in another bedroom, however it has a vaulted ceiling and a closet which doesn't extend all the way up to the ceiling (so the closet has its own "ceiling"). I'd like to install this outlet on the wall above this, only a few inches above the closet's "ceiling". Would this be against code?

Of course, both need to be on AFCI circuits (it's a brand new home), since they're bedrooms. So, for the existing bedroom I could only branch off the light if that is on an AFCI (I haven't checked). Or should I avoid adding it to the existing circuit and rather pull a new wire and add it to the new circuit I'm adding for the bedroom in the basement?

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Is it against code to install an eletric outlet in the upper wall corner, maybe 6-10" from the ceiling? No; it isn't.

Of course, both need to be on AFCI circuits (it's a brand new home), since they're bedrooms. Correct
TV's, oscillating fans, all sorts of things can go up high.
Having power there is convenient.

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Why would it? It is done that way all of the time for whatever equipment may go up there. Ever gone into a bar or restaurant that has signage hanging in their windows? Look up towards the ceiling sometime.
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You can mount receptacles any place you like except near water where special rules apply. In the wall up high, down low, in the ceiling, in the floor are all valid locations.
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if thats where your tv is that where your plug should be also...yes it ok..
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May want to make it a double outlet that way you can add DVD, sound system whatever.
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You can put additional receptacles anywhere but they might not count towards the six/twelve foot receptacle spacing rule. (A 6 foot cord emerging from the base of a floor lamp might not reach except perhaps from a very limited range of lamp positions against the wall.)
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Thanks everybody. Yeah I had a feeling it wouldn't be a problem, just wanted to make sure
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You can put additional receptacles anywhere but they might not count towards the six/twelve foot receptacle spacing rule. (A 6 foot cord emerging from the base of a floor lamp might not reach except perhaps from a very limited range of lamp positions against the wall.)
To expand on this…a receptacle mounted more than 5-1/2 feet above the floor doesn’t count towards the required wall receptacles (the 6-foot rule).
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To expand on this…a receptacle mounted more than 5-1/2 feet above the floor doesn’t count towards the required wall receptacles (the 6-foot rule).
Interesting. It however still counts towards the total load/number of receptacles on the circuit, right? In which case I'd have to figure this out for the existing bedroom...
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Interesting. It however still counts towards the total load/number of receptacles on the circuit, right? In which case I'd have to figure this out for the existing bedroom...
That's only a problem if you're in Canada.
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Interesting. It however still counts towards the total load/number of receptacles on the circuit, right? In which case I'd have to figure this out for the existing bedroom...
if such calculations applied to residential work
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That's only a problem if you're in Canada.
I'm in the US. So you're saying all I have to do is connect the outlet to the room's light and call it done? I mean "I" know that there's only going to be a small load connected to it...
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Usually it’s not a problem, but yes you need to take the entire circuit load into consideration.
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Just for starters....

210.11 Branch Circuits Required.

(A) Number of Branch Circuits. The minimum number of branch circuits shall be determined from the total calculated load and the size or rating of the circuits used. In all installations, the number of circuits shall be sufficient to supply the load served. In no case shall the load on any circuit exceed the maximum specified by 220.18.

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