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ddillon 11-26-2011 10:27 PM

Minimum Spacing for Electical Receptacles
 
I am having a home built. (The master bedroom is about 14 x 18 feet) I am very troubled about the receptacle placement in my master bedroom. The only receptacle on the first 14 foot wall (where my headboard will be) is about 2 1/2 feet from north corner. The next one is about 6 inches around the S corner on the next wall. Then the next receptical is about 6 feet down the second wall and then there is not another receptacle on that wall - about 9 feet without a receptacle. One place I found talked about "horizontally" on the same wall - didn't say anything about going around the corner. I am pretty sure I should have 2 receptacles on the 14 foot wall but can anyone direct me to a location where I can print off something to take to the general contractor building the home. PLEASE HELP!

Jim Port 11-26-2011 10:31 PM

From Article 210 of the NEC.

(A) General Provisions. In every kitchen, family room,
dining room, living room, parlor, library, den, sunroom,
bedroom, recreation room, or similar room or area of
dwelling units, receptacle outlets shall be installed in accordance
with the general provisions specified in 210.52(A)(1)
through (A)(3).
(1) Spacing. Receptacles shall be installed such that no
point measured horizontally along the floor line of any wall
space is more than 1.8 m (6 ft) from a receptacle outlet.
(2) Wall Space. As used in this section, a wall space shall
include the following:
(1) Any space 600 mm (2 ft) or more in width (including
space measured around corners) and unbroken along
the floor line by doorways and similar openings, fireplaces,
and fixed cabinets
(2) The space occupied by fixed panels in exterior walls,
excluding sliding panels
(3) The space afforded by fixed room dividers, such as
freestanding bar-type counters or railings
(3) Floor Receptacles. Receptacle outlets in floors shall
not be counted as part of the required number of receptacle

ben's plumbing 11-26-2011 10:33 PM

hi I believe spacing for wall plugs should be no more than 6'apart...yes on 14' wall aleast 2 plugs.....hang tight others will reply...ben....... I thing you can goggle receptacle spacing...

Bmelo 11-26-2011 10:34 PM

From any break in the wall (doorway) you need a receptacle 6ft away, then the next one has to be 12ft from that one.

ddillon 11-26-2011 10:36 PM

It appears the debate seems to be if you can go around a corner for the next plug in or not. My 14 foot wall only has one plug-in. It appears to me that this is not "CODE".

rjniles 11-26-2011 10:38 PM

The requirement is that no spot is more than 6 feet from a receptacle, which means they can be 12 feet apart.

ben's plumbing 11-26-2011 10:38 PM

yes to all responding jim posted a section nec on spacing.....thanks jim

Jim Port 11-26-2011 10:39 PM

The 12' distance is measured around corners.

The 14' wall could have one receptacle centered at 7' as long as another receptacle was within 5' of the corners.

ddillon 11-26-2011 10:42 PM

But can the 12 feet include a distance around a corner or does it have to be on that wall. The one receptacle is 2 1/2 feet from one corner - the wall is about 15 feet long - there is NOT another receptacle on that wall. The next one is about 6 inches around the corner - the strangest place I have ever seen a receptacle placed. I believe that there needs to be 2 receptacles on the 15 foot wall. Just trying to get this confirmed. I think I have been sent the correct information and I do think I am corrent in my interpretation of the CODE - there has to be 2 receptacles on a 15 foot wall.

CheapCharlie 11-26-2011 10:43 PM

I think you have your answer, although if you aren't satisfied with how the placement turns out, ask them to change it. It's your house and you have to live with it. It may cost you a bit extra for the change but if it's what you want go for it.

Jim Port 11-26-2011 10:43 PM

After reading about a receptacle 2 1/2' from the corner you would not need another on that wall codewise.

However, I would find that design less than acceptable from a convenience standpoint.

ben's plumbing 11-26-2011 10:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ddillon (Post 779640)
But can the 12 feet include a distance around a corner or does it have to be on that wall. The one receptacle is 2 1/2 feet from one corner - the wall is about 15 feet long - there is NOT another receptacle on that wall. The next one is about 6 inches around the corner - the strangest place I have ever seen a receptacle placed. I believe that there needs to be 2 receptacles on the 15 foot wall. Just trying to get this confirmed. I think I have been sent the correct information and I do think I am corrent in my interpretation of the CODE - there has to be 2 receptacles on a 15 foot wall.

yes that is my understanding for as long as we have been doing construction 30 yrs that wall would have 2- plugs spaced reasonable.....ben

ddillon 11-26-2011 10:46 PM

Jim - I guess I am still a little confused. I am reading the CODE that you just sent: From Article 210 of the NEC.

(A) General Provisions. In every kitchen, family room,
dining room, living room, parlor, library, den, sunroom,
bedroom, recreation room, or similar room or area of
dwelling units, receptacle outlets shall be installed in accordance
with the general provisions specified in 210.52(A)(1)
through (A)(3).
(1) Spacing. Receptacles shall be installed such that no
point measured horizontally along the floor line of any wall
space is more than 1.8 m (6 ft) from a receptacle outlet.
(2) Wall Space. As used in this section, a wall space shall
include the following:


Since the one outlet is 2 1/2 feet from one corner.....there is no other outlet on that wall - the next outlet is about 6 inches around the corner - making it 12 feet fromt he first outlet - if you go around the corner. (this is no longer a horizontal measurement though as stated in the code - are you POSITIVE you can measure aournd along the perpendicular wall????) Anyway since the outlets are 12 feet apart can I complain and DEMAND that another outlet be installed?

CheapCharlie 11-26-2011 10:48 PM

The install is code compiant by the sounds of it. I wouldn't complain if I were you but I'd talk to the GC and ask him to change it or add another receptacle. DEMANDING is not necessary IMO

Jim Port 11-26-2011 10:49 PM

As long as no space is more than 6' from a receptacle the code is satisfied. If any space between receptacles exceeds 12' there is a problem. This is a running measurement around the perimeter.


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