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Old 01-28-2008, 05:57 PM   #1
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tiling kitchen...how to deal with electrical outlets in floor?

I am getting ready to tile my kitchen floor. Just pulling out linoleum this week. Then lay backboard this weekend.

There are 2 weird electrical outlet looking things in my floor. I have never encountered before. How do I take them out? Can anyone do this, or do I need an electrican?

I am guessing they can be removed? Or can I just backer/tile over them. I do not plan to ever use them and dont want to have to do a bunch of special cuts to accomodate these outlets. But someone said they might be required by NEC code??? I've never seen them before.

They are a little old and rusty, so I have not opened/unscrewed, but I think its like a cap to access an AC outlet in the floor.

Any ideas are appreciated.

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Old 01-28-2008, 06:29 PM   #2
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so, I got the cap off and it is as suspected, an outlet. picture attached. the question is whether its ok to tile over, or remove altogether.

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As long as a circuit doesn't go thru them and into another functioning outlet that you use (it probably doesn't), I'd say you can put the cover back on and cover them up.

On second thought........

It would be better to find where they are fed and remove/disconnect the wiring. If they are stilll hot, you could have a mystery issue some day.

If they are not hot now, cover them up.
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Old 01-28-2008, 08:07 PM   #4
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Please for the love of decency, find out if they are hot first. THEN cover them up. They look like single outlet types so one probably feeds the other and one is fed from...well that is where you come in.

Don't bury it, you'll be sorry later. If they work, why not cut them into the new floor? If it's ceramic you're laying down, you could use your tile saw to cut a number of slots until it resembled a circle (if it falls in a joint) I've had some success with a roto zip diamond bit to cut tile, but go slow, it gets hot and will burn.
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:40 PM   #5
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The best method would be

1) Turn off power.
2) disconnect the wires in the box and pull them under the house.
3) Pull the wires into a junction box and make proper connections.
4)Turn power on
5)Tile over existing empty electrical boxes.

Or call a qualified electrician before tiling.

It is a code violation to cover over a live circuit and make it "inaccessible". At least under the house the wires are accessible should you ever have a loose connection!

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