Height of Indoor Receptacles

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Old 04-25-05, 06:20 PM
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Height of Indoor Receptacles

Does NEC require a minimum and maximum height of indoor (living room, bedroom, etc.) receptacles? In the book I read it just states the length of a hammer but if I move it higher, let's say 2 feet from the floor, then would it be OK?
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2' is fine.
 
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The hammer length method was used to make it easier for electricians to place the boxes quickly, without the need of using a tape measure.

Two feet seems high to me, but it's your house. I would just be concerned about the cords showing as they drop to the floor.
 
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Minimum, in the floor, when within 18" of the wall, maximum 5.5 feet.
 
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Old 04-26-05, 03:23 AM
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The answer Jedi gave is exact code. It can be literally in the floor to 5 1/2' high on the wall. These measurements though are for code required receptacles. If you have met the minimum requirements for receptacles and you're just adding another, it can be in the floor in the middle of the room or in the ceiling if you want.


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In the book I read it just states the length of a hammer
I can't believe this was actually printed in a book. Unless it casually said :Some electricians use their hammer..." I realllly don't like the hammer method. For obvious reasons. It is also no help for switches.
If you're doing a few device boxes using a ruler is no hassle at all. If I am doing a house or addition I get out my story pole. Is is cut at 48"and has a V notch at 16".
 
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I agree that the NEC spacing quoted is for required receptacles. If, for instance, you wanted to install an electric closck at, say, 6-feet above the floor, there would be no prohibition against installing a receptacle there to power it.

Hey Speedy, greetings from Upstate NY. Question: I have never heard of a "story pole", but it sounds interesting to me. Can you explain? Always looking for nifty tools to add to my arsenal.

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My story pole is a 2x4, cut to 48". At 16" I cut a V notch with a horizontal cut.
I just run my Sharpie in the V to mark receptacles and across the top for switches.
Some I mark at 44" also for bath receptacles. I like to do them at 44" sometimes depending on the situation.
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Speedy, thanks for the info, and the drawing. I don't do much rough-in these days, so it may not be worth making one of these for me. Looks very handy, though.

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