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Old 08-12-2013, 12:01 PM   #1
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undercabinet outlets: on a budget.


I would like to install undercabinet outlets and lighting.
I don't like the way outlets mess up the look of beautiful back splashes.
I am thinking about just using EMT conduit and metal boxes under the cabinets.
Has anybody ever seen this done/done this?
I think that the angled surface mount modular systems I've seen are too expensive.

Disclaimer: I am a qualified non-licensed homeowner who is legally allowed to do this work with a permit.
Please do not tell me to hire a pro or consult my inspection department(yes I will do that)
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Wiremold boxes and raceway would look much better under a cabinet --- and the color would match much better than EMT would ...
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I forgot to mention that I will be putting trim around the bottom of the cabinets so they will be more hidden than standard.
Will think about wire mold. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Are you just adding outlets, or are you trying to put the outlets required for counter top areas up under the cabinets as well ?

I believe the current height requirement is no more than 18 inches above the counter top for the receptacle to count as a required counter top receptacle.

Also be aware that if you are removing an existing outlet from the back splash area, you cannot just remove the outlet, splice the wires together, and then bury the junction box. The connections would have to remain accessible.
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Are you just adding outlets, or are you trying to put the outlets required for counter top areas up under the cabinets as well ?

I believe the current height requirement is no more than 18 inches above the counter top for the receptacle to count as a required counter top receptacle.

Also be aware that if you are removing an existing outlet from the back splash area, you cannot just remove the outlet, splice the wires together, and then bury the junction box. The connections would have to remain accessible.
It's a full gut remodel.
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Are you just adding outlets, or are you trying to put the outlets required for counter top areas up under the cabinets as well ?

I believe the current height requirement is no more than 18 inches above the counter top for the receptacle to count as a required counter top receptacle.

Also be aware that if you are removing an existing outlet from the back splash area, you cannot just remove the outlet, splice the wires together, and then bury the junction box. The connections would have to remain accessible.
More like 20". Use plugmold
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