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Old 09-05-2011, 09:54 PM   #1
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HI All,
In the middle of a kitchen remodel and coming into crunch time with inspections and cabinets all going on this week...

Quick Q about the height of new outlets.
From other posts I think what I have built falls under new island.
Built a half wall where a railing/banister was, "L" shaped and will be putting in cabinets that will make the whole thing "U" shaped.
Part of this area will hold a gas cooktop - we just finished the range hood installation.

I have wired in 3 outlets ( one is for the electronic start on the cook top - below counter level as per cook top specs)
The other 2 outlets are intended to be for counter top use.
From the other posts, I think I'm OK with the number of outlets and distance between.
Where I need clarification is:

IS THERE ANY GUIDELINE THAT INDICATES HOW HIGH ABOVE THE COUNTER TOP THE BOTTOM OF THE RECEPTICAL SHOULD BE?

Thanks for you time and feedback!
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Old 09-05-2011, 10:25 PM   #2
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Take your hammer and set it with the head resting on top of the counter. From there, place the top edge of the outlet where the end of the handle of the hammer is. This is taking into account, that your hammer is aprox. 14". It should come out with the top of the outlet at 48" from the floor. That is taking into account that the counters are there.

Otherwise, just measure 48" from finished floor height, and mark that as the top point of the outlet. I used retro boxes in my Kitchen remodel, since I have a older house, and just pulled the wiring up from the basement, and placed a junction box on the rafter to run the romex from my two outlets into that, then pulled a run of Romex to the breaker panel.

I do the hammer trick for wall outlets, but place the bottom of the outlet at where the end of the outlet, so they end up all at the right height from the floor.
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Thanks

From this, it seems the important number is from the floor rather than height above the counter top? ie 48"

The wall I have to work with is itself only 48 high.
Cabinets and countertop will be 36 from the floor.
The bottom of the outlet is set at 39.
So with what I have, the outlet (bottom) will be 3 inches above the counter top, top of outlet 3 inches from the top of the 1/2 wall.

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You will have to lay the outlet horizontal then. A few weeks ago, we had this same discussion, and this little gadget came into the thread http://www.sillites.com/newconstruction.php It works for front of the cabinet, or in your situation, where space is tight; just can't use them on the counters.
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Thanks much!
Neat little gadget...has many possibilities
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