Electrical Codes

Old 03-02-03, 09:27 AM
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Electrical Codes

Is there a minimum/maximum height code for the installation of outlets in new construction? Are these codes state specific
Old 03-02-03, 02:06 PM
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yes they could be state specific. there are rules and guide lines for these installation, both residential and commercial. It depends on where yop are installing them. Do you have specific locations? garages, exteriors. keep in mind that the ADA requirement should also be followed.
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The NEC (national codes) specifies no miniumum height. You need to use a special box if you actually mount them in the floor, and additional considerations apply if they are in the floor and more than 18" from the wall. If on the wall, additional considerations come into play if they are more than 66" off the floor. But anywhere below that (even in the baseboard) is fine for the national codes. Areas that I am familiar with do not modify these rules for local applications in residences. But as whitey2 says, they could -- so call your local building department and ask for a list of local variations from the NEC. Some areas have none at all. Most areas do not require ADA conformance in residences.
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Most of the states do not have a specific heigth for a specific electrical outlet. Except they must be below 66". If electrical is for Handicap or wheel chair access, there are some heights or a range of heights where to install them. Contact your STATE Electrical Department in your State Capitol. They are the ones that control that in each state. You could also ask any licensed electrician. Good Luck
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In new construction I stand my hammer against the stud and position the nail-on box using the hammer as a guide so all receptacle boxes will be the same height. I mount boxes at 42" to the bottom where countertops will be installed, and mount switch boxes at 48" above the floor.

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