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Old 02-05-2012, 10:34 PM   #1
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I get to replace my kitchen floor this summer and and am making some plans.

More and more people want power for their laptops when sitting at the kitchen table. Which means stringing an extension cord across the floor as a trip hazard.

I'm thinking a flush mounted floor outlet under the area where the table goes would be nice. But I suspect the rules for kitchens might not allow this.

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As long as you have the right box to mount it in and its protected by some sort of gfi i wouldnt see a problem with it

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Sorry, not a great idea. Reasons being a floor outlet is far more expencive, it's a trip hazard, at some point there will be dirt, dust, water getting into it. Just stop by HD or Lowes and see what a floor outlet and cover cost.
Just add an extra wall outlet near the table. Total cost about $5.00 or less.
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I think it's a good idea if you know where your going to place your kitchen table. I would get one with a cover of course, so it can be closed when not in use. In addition I disagree with post number 2 about it must be a gfi!

So to plummen can you please provide an article #? or was it just a suggestion?
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I think it's a good idea if you know where your going to place your kitchen table. I would get one with a cover of course, so it can be closed when not in use. In addition I disagree with post number 2 about it must be a gfi!

So to plummen can you please provide an article #? or was it just a suggestion?
Just covering myself about it being in the kitchen area is all,because Im sure if I dont mention it somebody else will hang from the nearest tree over it.
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Just skimming through the nec I figured I would mention that this outlet will not exempt you from the 6/12' rule unless it's within 18" of the wall.
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I think I would be concerned with spills and liquids from cleaning the floor. I know the code addresses face up receptacles in countertops and am only applying the same consideration to the floor mount.

This might also limit the layout of the room.

When I use the laptop in the kitchen a wall receptacle is never that far away.
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Sorry, not a great idea. Reasons being a floor outlet is far more expencive, it's a trip hazard, at some point there will be dirt, dust, water getting into it. Just stop by HD or Lowes and see what a floor outlet and cover cost.
Just add an extra wall outlet near the table. Total cost about $5.00 or less.
There is an outlet near the table. It is a PITA.

I know they are not "cheap". But as to a trip hazard, why unless it is a poor install. Given that I need to take my kitchen floor down to the joists, sister in new joists to remove my bounce, add 1"+ of plywood, then tile, this outlet could cost $300 and it woul get lost in the budget.

And given the size of my kitchen there's a very small area where it would go and it would be under any table in the room.
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I know the code addresses face up receptacles in countertops and am only applying the same consideration to the floor mount.
Yes consideration should be taken however on the counter it's not allowed here it is.
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Consider the location before you install . Do you really want it UNDER the table when plugging and unplugging the laptop.
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Consider the location before you install . Do you really want it UNDER the table when plugging and unplugging the laptop.
Isn't needed every day. But when needed laptops tend to be there for hours. I'll trade 30 seconds to plug in vs. hours of people walking around and over extension cords.
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I think I would be concerned with spills and liquids from cleaning the floor. I know the code addresses face up receptacles in countertops and am only applying the same consideration to the floor mount.
Good point. I'll look into covered unit with a water seal so mopping the floor isn't am issue.
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Get one of those spring loaded retractable reels that are made for a shop and hang it from the ceiling. Whenever you need it just pull it down, it could be a design feature!
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Get one of those spring loaded retractable reels that are made for a shop and hang it from the ceiling. Whenever you need it just pull it down, it could be a design feature!
I almost made a comment myself about this as a choice. But I know just how far the design committee would let this plan proceed.
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I would prefer the outlet to be near one corner of the table in the ceiling, but then I can easily reach an 8' ceiling standing flat footed on the floor.

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