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dvaupel 08-31-2012 01:33 PM

Moving a receptacle - advice requested
 
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Wrapping up our kitchen renovation, and after I got the cabinets installed, I realized I was slightly off on a measurement and I should have put one of the receptacles on the other side of a stud.

The romex is coming from the left, and I want to move it to the right. This receptacle is at the end of the run for this particular circuit. I left 6ish inches of romex when I originally ran the circuit, so I'm not entirely sure there will be enough to comfortably get to a new box on the other side of the stud. Check attached drawing if the description is unclear.

I know I have to open the wall up a bit to get the new box in and will have to do some patching over the old box, but any suggestions on what to do to minimize the number and size of holes?

Jim Port 08-31-2012 01:36 PM

Kitchen countertop receptacles cannot be greater than 4' apart. You could add one.

techpappy 08-31-2012 02:40 PM

Can you move previous box and the subject box ..both,,,over.. to maintain distances and wire length at klast box. I realize you would have to have spare wire length available ib "previous" box.

dvaupel 08-31-2012 03:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Jim Port (Post 1000505)
Kitchen countertop receptacles cannot be greater than 4' apart. You could add one.

sorry...I forgot to say that there's a cooktop near the outlet on the right...that's why I'm wanting to move it slightly, and it's my understanding that I would then be able to have a gap greater than 4 feet.

And I don't think I can move the other recep because the next place I could attach that would be > 4 feet from the previous outlet.

brric 08-31-2012 06:07 PM

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Originally Posted by dvaupel (Post 1000587)
sorry...I forgot to say that there's a cooktop near the outlet on the right...that's why I'm wanting to move it slightly, and it's my understanding that I would then be able to have a gap greater than 4 feet.

And I don't think I can move the other recep because the next place I could attach that would be > 4 feet from the previous outlet.

You should have a recep within 2' of either edge of the cooktop.

dvaupel 08-31-2012 10:50 PM

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Originally Posted by brric (Post 1000650)
You should have a recep within 2' of either edge of the cooktop.

And I will. I just want to move one of the receptacles so it's a few inches farther away from the edge of the cooktop.....suggestions on how to do this with potentially not enough romex to get to the other side of the stud and still have enough slack to work with comfortably?

techpappy 08-31-2012 11:32 PM

Can you run new..longer length of romex, from last/ previous box to give you the length you require?

dvaupel 09-01-2012 02:52 PM

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Originally Posted by techpappy (Post 1000793)
Can you run new..longer length of romex, from last/ previous box to give you the length you require?

Potentially, but I'd probably have to rip more of the wall open to get at some of the romex staples and to put new ones in. Wouldn't be too much of the wall, but I'm seeing if others have ideas for less cutting/patching.

jbfan 09-01-2012 05:07 PM

You have to run a new cablw from the box that stays, to the new location, or you can make a splice in the box, put a blank cover and run to the new location.

md2lgyk 09-01-2012 05:30 PM

There is no need to run a new cable. If, in the box's current location, you have the code-required 6 inches of wire extending outside of it, moving it to the other side of the stud will leave you 4-1/2 inches. That is more than enough to attach the receptacle, or to do a splice in the box. While "technically" not code legal, I'd just hook up the receptacle and call it good. The inspectors here would never notice such a trivial "violation."


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