Height of outlets and switches in garage

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Old 09-11-05, 12:30 PM
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Height of outlets and switches in garage

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What are the locations of the outlets and switches to be above the floor in a garage application?

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Old 09-11-05, 12:54 PM
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No real "height".... I've found that a lot of electricians will place their outlet boxes a "hammer handle" above the floor - and that's what I use....

Wall switches should be convenient.... 46inches is about right.... though you can go higher or lower.

Then again... I don't live in NJ
 
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In the house I like to have outlets a "hammers length" up. In the garage I like to have them about 4' up. You don't have to bend over to get to the outlet and they don't get covered by stuff pilet up on the floor.
 
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As has been stated, there is no code requirement for the height.

Many recommend just above four feet for the garage, so that they are visible above a piece of plywood leaning against the wall.
 
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When I 1st started I worked for a N.J. electrician & he always had to go to the inspectors of each township for their requirements. He was even almost cited by one inspector for not having his Co. name & license # on his truck.If I were you I would check with the inspector
 
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If you work with any sheet goods (plywood etc.) I would put the outlets at 54"...otherwise when you lean that 4x8 sheet against the wall you will cover your outlets...

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Some areas enforce a minimum height of receptacles of at least 24" above the floor to be above accumulated flammable vapors that could be present in a garage. I however agree with the other posters that somewhere around 4 feet is a good height.
 
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