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colarama 09-21-2011 10:09 PM

kitchen island outlet wiring problem
 
I'm upgrading out kitchen island.

The previous owner had created an island by taking a freestanding stove to which he then added a 15" base cabinet to each side and then put a big sheet of particleboard across the back tying the whole thing together. He then used a wall-mount range hood and jury-rigged an island hood by sticking particleboard to the back of it, and venting it right into the attic.

I took out the stove and cabinets, leaving a single conduit sticking out of the concrete floor with an old three-prong 240 hookup.

What I want to do is to build a new island out of base cabinets, 48" deep by 5' wide, with a cooktop. Hardwiring the cooktop to the old three wire seems straightforward, and I'm pretty sure I'm not violating code to do it, but a friend pointed out that there's probably supposed to be some normal electrical outlets.

I did some digging around and it looks like my code says an island needs at least one outlet. I can't run anything through the floor, and dropping down a post from the ceiling would really ruin the look of the kitchen. Are their any alternatives, like a legal way to tap into the appliance circuit? It makes me cringe even suggesting it, but then I stop to think that many standalone stoves have appliance outlets built into them...

colarama 09-21-2011 10:16 PM

Would it be possible to do a sub-panel inside a cabinet? then split off the appliance and the (GFI'ed) outlets?

kbsparky 09-21-2011 10:30 PM

Where does that conduit in the floor go? You might be able to pull in some additional wires to provide power for your counter top outlets ...

rjniles 09-22-2011 05:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by colarama (Post 733458)
Would it be possible to do a sub-panel inside a cabinet? then split off the appliance and the (GFI'ed) outlets?

To make a 120/240 volt sub panel, you need a 4 wire feed. If the existing wiring is 3 insulated conductors and the conduit is metal, it may be possible.


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