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Old 01-28-2010, 02:09 PM   #1
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is it allowed to put a receptacle inside a kitchen cabinet

or cut out a rectangle inside a kitchen cabinet to allow access to one in an existing wall?

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I do it often on microwave cabinets. Cut the hole bigger than the cover plate.
I have seen the box get an extension and then the hole is cut smaller and the cover plate hides everything, too.
I am not an electrician, so I don't know the code, only what I have done.

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is it allowed to put a receptacle inside a kitchen cabinet

or cut out a rectangle inside a kitchen cabinet to allow access to one in an existing wall?
Either one.
Cutting a hole in the cabinet is better looking.
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the code does not prohibit you from putting a rec in a cabinet. What the code does prohibit is using that rec as counting for one of your required counter top recs.
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the code does not prohibit you from putting a rec in a cabinet. What the code does prohibit is using that rec as counting for one of your required counter top recs.
you raise a good point, it is going to be same circuit as the counter top stuff. Just extened further down. I simply wanted a recepticle to charge my cell phones or whatever use.

Is that OK?
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It would be considered like an appliance garage which would be allowed on that same circuit. nothing says you cant charge your phone on the counter top.
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What is the requirement for counter top receptables spacing?
You need one every (something) feet?

I am building an counter in the living room now for serving food, technically NOT in the kitchen but adjoining, do I still have to follow the countertop rules?
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(3)
Kitchen Receptacle Requirements. Receptacles installed
in a kitchen to serve countertop surfaces shall be
supplied by not fewer than two small-appliance branch circuits,
either or both of which shall also be. permitted to
supply receptacle outlets in the same kitchen and in other
rooms specified in 210.52(B)(1). Additional smallappliance
branch circuits shall be permitted to supply receptacle
outlets in the kitchen and other rooms specified in
210.52(B)(1). No small-appliance branch circuit shall serve

more than one kitchen.

(C) Countertops. In kitchens, pantries,breakfast rooms, dining rooms,and similar areas of dwelling units, receptacle outlets for countertop spaces shall be installed in accordance with 210.52(C)(1) through (C)(5).
Where a range , counter-mounted cooking unit, or sink is installed in an island or peninsular countertop and the width ot the counter behind the range, counter-mounted cooking unit or sink is less than 12" the range, counter-mounted cooking unit, or sink is considered to divide the countertop space into two seperate countertop space into two seperate countertop spaces as defined in 210.52(C)(4). Each seperate countertop space shall comply with the applicable requirements in 210.52(C).
(1) Wall
Countertop Spaces. A receptacle outlet shall be
installed at each wall countertop space that is 300 mm
(12 in.) or wider. Receptacle outlets shall be installed so
that no point along the wall line is more than 600 mm
(24 in.) measured horizontally from a receptacle outlet in

that space.
Exception: Receptacle outlets shall not be required on a
wall directly behind a range,
counter-mountedcooking unitor sink in the installation described in FIGURE 210.52(c)(1)
(2)
Island cOUNTERTOP sPACES. At least one receptacle
shall be installed at each island
COUNTERTOP, space with a
long dimension of 600 mm (24 in.) or greater and a short

dimension of 300 mm (12 in.) or greater.
(3)
Peninsular cOUNTERTOPSpaces. At least one receptacle
outlet shall be installed at each peninsular countertop
space with a long dimension of 600 mm (24 in.) or greater
and a short dimension of 300 mm (12 in.) or greater. A
peninsular countertop is measured from the connecting

edge.
(4)
Separate Spaces. Countertop spaces separated by

rangetops, refrigerators, or sinks shall be considered as
separate countertop spaces in applying the requirements of
210.52(C)(1), (C)(2), and (C)(3).
(5) Receptacle Outlet Location.
Receptacle outlets shall
be located above, but not more than 500 mm (20 in.) above,
the countertop. Receptacle outlets rendered not readily accessible
by appliances fastened in place, appliance garages,
sinks, or rangetops as covered in 210.52(C)(l), Exception,
or appliances occupying dedicated space shall not be considered
as these required outlets.

Exception to
(5): To comply with the conditions specified in

(1)
or (2), receptacle outlets shall be permitted to be
mounted not more than 300 mm
(/2 in.) below the countertop.
Receptacles mounted below a countertop in accordance
with this exception shall not be located where the
countertop extends more than 150 mm
(6 in.) beyond its

support base.
(1)
Construction for the physically impaired
(2) On island and peninsular countertops where the countertop
is flat across its entire surface (no backsplashes,
dividers, etc.) and there are no means to mount a receptacle
within 500 mm (20 in.) above the countertop,

such as an overhead cabinet
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I think this is current


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