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Old 01-17-2009, 10:11 AM   #1
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As part of the rewiring process for the my dad's house. (all branch circuits are being rewired). I am wondering if we are going to be required to install outdoor outlets. If so, would one be required in front and one in back? I also read about them being at ground level, the front and back doors are both on decks / steps, and would seem very weird to have a outlet down in the bushes at ground level...


Since we are re-wiring all the branch circuits and bringing everything up to current code, do you think we will be required to install the outdoor outlets? What about hardwired smoke alarms? Anything else we might be required to install in a old house since we are rewiring the branch circuits?

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As part of the rewiring process for the my dad's house. (all branch circuits are being rewired). I am wondering if we are going to be required to install outdoor outlets. If so, would one be required in front and one in back? I also read about them being at ground level, the front and back doors are both on decks / steps, and would seem very weird to have a outlet down in the bushes at ground level...
(E) Outdoor Outlets For a one-family dwelling and each unit of a two-family dwelling
that is at grade level, at least one receptacle outlet accessible at grade level and not more
than 2.0 m (6 1/ 2 ft) above grade shall be installed at the front and back of the dwelling.
For each dwelling unit of a multifamily dwelling where the dwelling unit is located at
grade level and provided with individual exterior entrance/egress, at least one receptacle
outlet accessible from grade level and not more than 2.0 m (6 1/ 2 ft) above grade shall be
installed. See 210.8(A)(3).


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The rule for one- and two-family dwellings requires two outdoor receptacle outlets for
each dwelling unit. One receptacle outlet is required at the front of the dwelling, and
one is required at the back of the dwelling, as shown in Exhibit 210.27. For one- and
two-family dwellings, the phrase accessible at grade level clearly requires that the two
required receptacle outlets are to be available to a person standing on the ground (at
grade level). Where outdoor heating, air-conditioning, or refrigeration (HACR)
equipment is located at grade level, the receptacle outlets required by this section can
be used to comply with the receptacle outlet requirement of 210.63, provided that at
least one of the outlets is located within 25 ft of the HACR equipment. The outlets
required by 210.52(E) comply with the ``located on the same level'' requirement of
210.63. Outdoor receptacle outlets on decks, porches, and similar structures can be
used to meet 210.52(E) as long as the receptacle outlet is not more than 6 1/ 2 ft above
grade and can be accessed by a person standing at grade.
Multifamily dwellings (those with three or more dwelling units) are now required to be
provided with at least one outdoor receptacle outlet accessible from grade level. This
2005 Code change applies to those dwelling units in a multifamily structure that are
located at grade level and have entrance/egress doorways that lead directly to the
exterior of the structure. Concerns over the unauthorized use of outdoor receptacle
outlets installed at multifamily dwellings by other than the dwelling occupant(s) can be
allayed by using a switch inside the dwelling unit to control the outlet. Due to the
spatial constraints often associated with the construction of multifamily units, the
required receptacle outlet is permitted to be accessible ``from grade,'' and an outdoor
receptacle outlet located 6 1/ 2 ft or less above grade and accessible by walking up a
set of deck or porch steps can be used to meet this requirement.


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What about hardwired smoke alarms? Anything else we might be required to install in a old house since we are rewiring the branch circuits?

Thoughts?

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Jamie
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