Height for receptacles and switches

Old 02-22-03, 03:03 PM
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Height for receptacles and switches

I'm remodeling an older home that had electricity installed after it was built. Currently most of the receptacles are mounted either in the floor or on the baseboards. Of course I'm going to put them in the walls, but how high should I mount them? Some of them will have to be a certain hight to accomodate countertops, etc, but I just wondered if there was a standard height for a typical wall outlet.

I also wondered what the standard height for mounting switches is; mine are currently all over the place.

Thanks in advance, Tom
Old 02-22-03, 05:06 PM
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On outlets the code really don't much care, But normal is 12" either top or bottom of box, is ok. Then they also have to be installed every 12' from each other, or closer. if you need more.

Counter and vanity really depends on what you end up buying, So you might want to consider that first, and don't forget about back splashes.

Switches, again code don't much care, They have to be installed in every habitual room thou. Normal is 48" bottom

But these measurements will vary from person to person, or even location.

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