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moyercam 03-16-2013 10:24 PM

Kitchen Island Outlet
I am having an island built for my new home and asked the cabinet maker if he could figure in an outlet in case later on I would want to use it but he said if he does he must permanetly fasten the island to the floor and I am not sure exactly where I want it yet. Why can't the electrician do that and he just makes the necessary holes for the outlet?

handyman_20772 03-17-2013 04:17 AM

It's a code requirement, just have it done after you decide where you're going place the island. Anyway I'd personally secure it to the floor unless you're making it a movable island with wheels on it.

Davejss 03-17-2013 05:47 AM

You're the customer. If you want the cabinet maker to include a recepticle in your island he should just do it. Once you determine its final location have your electrician wire the recepticle and secure the island to the floor. If your cabinet maker has a problem with that, fire him and get someone else.

Daniel Holzman 03-17-2013 07:58 AM

This may be a code requirement where you live. Where I live (MA), islands are required to have at least one outlet, two if they are a certain length (can't remember what the minimum length that triggers two outlets is). Outlets are required to be GFI also (wet location). If it is movable, it is not considered an island where I am, so no outlet required. If it is fixed, then the outlet rule kicks in.

I think the idea is that you don't want to be moving an island around if there is an outlet in it, could damage the wires. That makes sense. As to who is required to fix the island in place, I don't think code generally cares whether the plumber, electrician or cabinet maker does it, but it could be a timing issue. I wouldn't get too harsh on the cabinet maker if he is following code, he may be looking out for your interests.

rossfingal 03-17-2013 09:39 AM

Depending on your "Code Enforcement Entity" (Building Dept.) -
Some would like to see the outlet mounted on the surface of the counter-top
Some want it mounted on the side.
Top mounted - potential, water issues.
Side mounted - someone (children...) can snag the cord and pull an
appliance, over.


Also, as stated above make sure the outlet is GFI, protected!
Have the electrician, install the outlet.

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