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Old 08-25-2009, 09:18 PM   #1
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why do I need a receptacle in my island or at the end of a pinensula (spell check) in the kitchen.

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Old 08-25-2009, 09:25 PM   #2
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`Cause the Code says so!

210.52(C) Countertops. (2) Island Counter Spaces. At least one receptacle shall be installed at each island counter space with a long dimension of 24 inches or greater and a short dimension of 12 inches or greater....

Similar wording appears in sub-section (3) for Peninsular Counter Spaces

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Yup. Mr. Code is (almost) always right.

You need one because you need one.
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It's a safety thing - if there are any electical appliances used on the island, without a outlet cords would have to be run across walkways and the like.

I just went through this in our remodel - my wife said she would never use the outlet. But we had to put one in. Come to find out she has used it quite a bit - ad hoc ironing board, craft powertools, paperwork needing a AC powered calculator, etc.
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One Inspector experienced a problem with this requirement after the fact
Code requires the outlet...at the end of the peninsula
Homeowner installed as required
They had a party, put a crock pot at the end of the counter & plugged it into the outlet...under the overhang
Along comes the child & pulls on the cord
Pulling the hot contents down & onto the child/face - very bad burns

For this reason I will have a wall at the end of the peninsula that will extend above the peninsula high enough to have an outlet

So code requires it for safety, but in resolving one safety issue has created another
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Just for clarification, the peninsular counter space must be served by at least one receptacle, but that receptacle does not have to be located at the end of a peninsula. It can be located anywhere on the peninsula cabinet or backsplash/step countertop within the area and dimensions considered by code to serve the countertop.

A lot of people mistakenly locate them at the end of the peninsula, where there is often a considerable bar counter overhang. Location of the receptacle under a large overhang negates its ability to serve the countertop. If the overhang's only a few inches it can certainly be located at the end of the peninsula.
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Ah, OK - that would be better
So one outlet serving that peninsula
I was thinking it had to be within 2' of the end, so most people put it at the end
So not really a code issue as much as a poor placement issue
Is there any type of countertop recaptacle accepted?
IE a box coming thru the top, flush with the top
I thought that was not allowed either - plugs facing up
Since liquid spilled could be a problem


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Nope, can't put them face up in countertops. Code prohibits that.
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Old 08-26-2009, 02:45 PM   #9
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The 2' thing doesn't apply on peninsulas or islands. Theoretically, you could have a 20' long island or peninsula and you could get away with one receptacle on each of them, as they're not required to have the same receptacle spacing requirements as countertops along wall space.

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