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Old 04-27-2012, 05:58 PM   #1
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replacing baseboard heater under receptacle - doh!


Hi,

Forgive me if this has been covered elsewhere - a cursory check didn't
bring up an answer, but maybe I didn't search on the right thing...

I've got to replace a baseboard heater that was located under a receptacle.

I was first thinking this is covered by the "grandfather" clause, but a bit more checking has me confused - it looks like maybe the NEC doesn't specifically prohibit this (maybe they do in the newest code book), but pretty much all manufacturers now seem to specifically say not to do this, so it would seem to be prohibited.

So what do you do? Here's a couple of pics of where I have to put this unit:

http://www.rkgphotos.com/recent_stuf...er_corner2.jpg
http://www.rkgphotos.com/recent_stuf...er_corner1.jpg

a 1500W unit is what should go here. just pulling the receptacle/putting on a cover plate means there's gonna be more than 12 feet between receptacles along this wall.

Its also complicated by this being both an outside wall and a common element so I didn't want to butcher it up completely.

It seemed like I could: 1) use 2 heaters with a gap under the receptacle (though the spacing kind of sucks for this), 2)pull the receptacle, put on a cover plate and forget about it (practically not a problem but violates the 12 foot rule), 3) use the receptacle box as a J box and run a line down to where the heater is and use one of those funky receptacles you mount to one end of the heater, or 4)??

Anyway, suggestions/observations would be greatly appreciated.

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What about using the existing box to junction a new cable and add a receptacle to the left side out past the heater?

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Old 04-28-2012, 12:49 AM   #3
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Jim,

First, thanks for taking the time to reply.

I should have included a couple more measurements in my first post on this. The receptacles on either side of this one are ~104 inches away, so If I move the receptacle to the left very much I'd have to install yet another one to the right somewhere
as well - and you can see from the outline on the wall how long the baseboard heater is...

Maybe the right answer is to just get ahold of one of those tall convection heater units like this:

http://www.heateroutlet.com/productc...&idcategory=91

It will almost fit (though maybe I'd need to blank the original receptacle and install one in the next bay over to the left as you suggested.).
There's also ~36 inches between the bottom of the window sill and where
the floor will be so maybe there's room for one of these.

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