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Old 12-28-2011, 03:59 PM   #1
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Outlet spacing in new renovation question

I understand the 12/6 rule when it comes to outlets spacing. No outlet shall be more than 6ft from any corner nor shall it be more than 12ft from each other horizontally. The part i'm having a problem understanding is that when i read a portion of the electric code it states that there must be an outlet on any wall space that is 2ft or wider. Now here is my scenario.

My room is not rectangular nor square but has jog outs towards the rooms corner. My one corner has a 11ft long wall that then jogs out 26" towards the middle of the room and then jogs back parallel with the long wall 26" and then you have the rooms corner. So according to the rule, I have to have an outlet on each one of these 26" walls?? Even still when i can put an outlet at one walls corner before jog and one before the rooms next wall as long as its not more than 12ft apart? I'm a little confused. Thanks


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Old 12-28-2011, 04:53 PM   #2
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The 24" wall rule is for areas like between doorways or behind doors. You do not need a receptacle within 6' of a corner. It is within 6' of entering the room and then no more than 12' between them.


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The 12/6 does apply to corners. It starts at door or other wall break and continues around inside corners. So if you have a receptacle 1 foot from a corner then next one doesn't need be until 11 feet on the wall around the corner. Those distances are maximum spacing. You can put receptacles every two feet if you wish.

The two foot wall rule is best described by an example. If you have two doors like an entry and a closet with a short wall between them that is 2 feet or longer it must have a receptacle. That wall could be up 12 feet long and it would only need one receptacle in the center. It would be 6 feet from each end.

Can you post an image of your room layout.
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