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Old 11-26-2011, 09:50 PM   #16
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Jim - I keep getting confused after reading your responses. Let me recap. I have a 15 foot wall. Right now their is ONE recptacle on about 2 1/2 feet from one corner. There currently not another outlet on the wall. I thought their had to be one located at least 6 feet from any corner of a wall....meaning this would need another outlet since there is 12 1/2 feet of wall remaining without any outlet on it.

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Old 11-26-2011, 09:55 PM   #17
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There is no requirement for a receptacle within 6' of a corner.

You do need one within 6' of entering the room.
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Maybe this will help.

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here is how we were to understand the nec 6'rule take a lamp with 6'cord set it any where you should be able to plug in without extenison cord...read all about it goggle receptacle spacing according to nec...
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Does this diagram appear to be correct to all viewing?

Figure 2 - Electrical outlet spacing in a room

The next part is what confuses me I guess.
The NEC basically states that within any living area of a home, you must have an electrical outlet (receptacle) 6 feet from any obstruction or break in the wall, such as a doorway, and no more than 12 feet from the previous electrical outlet (receptacle), Figure 1.

Figure 1 - Spacing of electrical outlets along a wall

It says: you must have an electrical outlet (receptacle) 6 feet from any obstruction or break in the wall, so that makes me think that you have to have 2 receptacles on a 15 foot wall - doesn't seem to have anything to do with what is on the two perpendicular walls.
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The code requires the maximum spacing to be 12' or less, not the 6' like your diagram shows. See the diagram I posted above yours. The breaks in the wall the code talks about are referring to doorways.

Using your diagram there would not need to be a receptacle on either of the 4' walls near the door. You could go 2' around the corner before the first receptacles were needed.

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Thanks to all that have replied - especially you Jim. I think I FINALLY understand....it does count to go around a corner. I'll go over to the house first thing in the morning with a tap measurer in hand and do some measuring. I now think that maybe it is all built to code - just place in really bad places! Thanks again for all of your help!
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Remember that the code is not a design manual. If you want the receptacles in different locations it is easier to change it now instead of living with a poor design the entire time you are in the house. If I were wiring your house we would have sat down and talked about furniture placement and where you wanted the receptacles.
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Code is a MINIMUM standard. You can have a receptacle every two feet if you want them, but they are not REQUIRED.
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You say you are having a home built...

Did you have this designed and did you look over the plans first?

Or is this an "off the shelf" home, so to say, and you just ordered one built?

In any case, ask the builder if you can make changes. Or if it is too late.
If not too late, ask how much extra it would cost.

FYI - Some people have a home built and specify exactly what they want. And then during construction will have things ripped out and changed. Of course this costs a fortune, but they have a fortune...
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I'm glad you finally worked out what Jim and others were saying. The actual length of one wall is irrelevant, it is the horizontal (linear) spacing (including corners) that is important.

I have the same questions as Billy Bob.
YOU are having this home built, so YOU should have some say in HOW it is built. Unless of course it is being built to a plan spec where any changes will cost much more.

I must say, it is pretty poor practice to just jump in and wire a home without consulting the homeowner. I ALWAYS do a walk through with the H-O asking if there is any special receptacle or lighting placement.....such as where beds will be.
An extra receptacle here and there makes for a very happy client (read: one who pays on time )
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OP, you originally said the wall was 14 feet long, with a recep. 2.5' from the corner and the second one 6" around the corner. That is code compliant, albeit not very convenient. (14 feet less 2.5 feet equals 11.5 feet plus 6 inches equals 12 feet).

Now you say the wall is 15 feet and that is no longer code compliant. Which is it a 14 foot or 15 foot wall?

Get the builder to have an additional recep. installed.
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I believe the code spec's maximum spacing, not minimum. An electrician once told me "What we're selling here is convenience." If the drywall isn't up yet, adding receptacles is easy. If you know where the headboard's gonna be, I'd have one added behind each night stand.
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Confusing terms. The codes are minimum requirements or minimum number of receptacle that can be installed. They spec the maximum space between receptacles.
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Some free advice (and worth every penny): Code compliance is one thing; convenience is quite another. When we were building our log house (did it ourselves), I marked the walls where receptacles would be needed for code compliance. That's the absolute minimum you can get away with. We then sat down and figured out where else we might want receptacles, based on where furniture would be, lamps, entertainment center, computer desk, etc. That nearly doubled the number of receptacles in some rooms, but at least we don't have to constantly stare at an exposed power cord for a floor lamp because the nearest receptacle is 5 feet away from the couch. Trust me, you can't have too many receptacles.

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