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Old 02-23-2009, 10:47 PM   #1
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I am looking at buying a house (working on an offer right now) and noticed one counter space in the kitchen seems to be lacking a required outlet. I am wondering if the space between the stove and sink needs another outlet on the sink side of the wall. I will be doing the work to bring the house up to code and livable standards, just want to get an idea what I will be dealing with. I've attached a few photos of the kitchen space, I have no idea on the dedicated circuits as of right now; though I do know the dishwasher has its own circuit where the dishwasher belongs next to the sink (not where its sitting next to the stove).
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I just went through this with my remodel - I did a consulation with a building department inspector, he wanted to see two 20 amp GFI circuits for kitchen outlets with each countertop area having at least one outlet and the outlets every 2 feet or so, and all GFI protected. I had one circuit with not quite enough outlets - so added another circuit with two additional outlets at the counters and one outlet in a new island. He also wanted a separate circuit for the dishwasher and disposal, which I had existing. And lighting was to be separate from the kitchen outlets, which I had existing.

I am sure others will chime in with additional information. Calling for a consultation with an inspector before starting can be a very good thing.

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Its hard to judge distance from the pictures but it looks like you will need one on each side of the sink, with in 2' of edge of the sink basin to be in compliance with 210.52 (C). As far as livable standards it all depends on what kind of things you will have plugged in on your countertop. You may want to break up the two 20A branch circuits so every other receptacle is on the opposite circuit so you don't overload one and have the other one unused.
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Any space of 12" and more must have an outlet, and there can be no point more than 24" from an outlet. Requires two 20A circuits, all GFCI protected. Yes, there should be one on each side of the sink.
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I figured it was lacking at least one outlet. The main panel is actually just below the kitchen in the laundry room/furnace room and is an old FPE/Zinsco Stab Lock panel which I have plans to replace the panel prior to moving in if I can. Making sure there are enough dedicated circuits in the kitchen will be no problem, longest run might be 25-30 feet for any of the kitchen circuits.

As far as the consultation; I have to have an appraisal done where they will write up the work orders on what needs to be done and the approx dollar value it would cost to have the work performed by an outside contractor. Since I can only get money for the parts and material, I plan on adding some things to the list if they are not included in their required list. Main panel being one of those items that I am not sure if they will require it to be replaced in thier list or not.
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That certaintly confirms that there needs to be another outlet next to the sink. I think its about 36" from the edge of the sink to the corner of the wall; which will be an interesting wire run since that is on an outside wall with insulation in it. If I have to run wire anyway, I might as well think about installing some under-cabinet lighting, though the way I understand it, thats a whole nother can of worms.
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If I have to run wire anyway, I might as well think about installing some under-cabinet lighting, though the way I understand it, thats a whole nother can of worms.
I installed a switched outlet in a cabinet over the microwave/hood - there I plugged in a transformer for low voltage under cabinet lights and ran low voltage wiring to the lights under the cabinets.

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