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Old 03-20-2009, 01:45 PM   #1
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How far off the floor should a Outlet be?


I am finishing off a corner of my basement and I am doing as much as I can myself. I am going to be ready to put in the wall outlets soon, however I had been told that in a bacement that they need to be 3 feet off the floor incase there is a flood. I was later told 4 feet, and a student at my college said 42 inches. I have the NEC 2005 here and I was reading in section 210.8 I think it was...all I could find was 18 inches, and not more than 6 feet apart. Also the book only talks about 15 and 20 wire, I was told to get the yellow 12 wire, is that ok for a basement? One last thing. I had to move a porslen celeing light out of the way of a door I installed. I want to move it to a permenent spot at the bottom of the stairs, however the flexable conduit running it is not long enough to reach where I want to move it too, can I add (splice) another peace to it?

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I don't know about basements but there is no set requirement for residential receptacles. When the "book" talks about 15 and 20 wire I am assuming you are talking about 15 amps and 20 amps which would use 14 gauge wire and 12 gauge wire respectively (your yellow 12 wire). If you need to extend the wire you must use a junction box and it must be accessible. Use a junction box and put a blank cover on it but do not bury it in the ceiling or wall.

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Thanks for that information, about the blank box. You say dont bury it in a ceiling, is a drop ceiling ok? Also is it ok to drill a whole in the joice to get it where I want it?
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Behind a drop ceiling is OK - that is considered accesible
You can drill thru a joist to move the wire
Usually in the middle 3rd of the joist, not too close to an end
There are rules on how many holes, how far apart, how big
If its just one hole - make it just big enough to get the wire thru

Basement allof my outlets are up higher
The lowest one is about 6' off the floor, most are on or near the floor joists. My basement will not be finished, the lowest I would go would be 3' off the floor
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I went down there any looked, and i can go under the joice if that is ok, I just did not see any others running under or through, so I am not sure what is the "right" way.
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I don't drill unless I absolutely have to
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If you have access I would drill through the joist. Drill the whole in the middle of the joist so the hole is at least 1 1/4" from the edges if it is less use a nail guard. I am not sure if these rules apply to finished work but my personal preference (my personal preference) is to follow the NEC codes as if everything was new construction unless I had no choice.

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