garage door opener outlet

Old 07-24-03, 08:03 PM
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Question garage door opener outlet

This is my first time here, and I've read dozens of posts looking in vain for an answer, so now I'll ask. We are getting a new garage door with an opener installed in our 1963 home. There is an outlet on a beam right where it needs to be for the door opener, but it's switched. The installer says it needs to be hot. The switch evidently controls two outlets about 6 feet apart. The one in question has always been empty (nothing plugged into it) and the other has one of those 48" fluorescent shop fixtures plugged into it (we don't really need that light). The switch is in a double box - the other switch controls an outdoor light. Here is my question: must I remove the switch and change the outlet to an unswitched hot outlet? I have a little guard that screws onto a switchplate to prevent a switch from being thrown. Would there be any disadvantage (or danger??) in just securing that switch to an always on position?

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help.
Old 07-24-03, 08:09 PM
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No disadvantage at all if the receptacle is switched, except if someone switches it off. There is no code requirement for it to be unswitched.

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