Old 11-15-00, 11:39 AM
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Can anyone explain the reason when adding an outlet(extending from an existing outlet)that the distance must be the same from the floor? The reason I am asking is because I am splitting the downstairs family room into two bedrooms. The only outlet in the room is on the ceiling in the far corner of the basement. I need to have electricty in both rooms but I wasnt exactly sure if I could extend the one in the cieling to make it a regular socket in the other room ( in a normal placement near the floor). I appreciate any response I get, thanks.
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Old 11-15-00, 12:12 PM
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Normal wall outlets are supposed to be a specific height above the floor (about 20" I think), but I don't know of any requirement that a new one be kept the same distance above the floor as an old one, especially if the old one is in the ceiling. You should be able to put your new outlet in a normal location.

As always, ask your local inspector to be sure.
Old 11-15-00, 05:12 PM
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hello DANIEL SP,
as prevesely stated check with your local building officel to be sure.
according to the nec you could extend your existing outlet to the new. there is no mandated highth in the code but general practice is aprox 16 - 18" abf (above finished floor)i allways put mine hammer highth to bottom of box.

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