Installing outlet for "over-the-range" microwave

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Old 09-18-05, 04:51 PM
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Installing outlet for "over-the-range" microwave

I have seen outlets installed "flush" to the inside panel of a kitchen cabinet. Is this ok to do?

In my case, I want to have the outlet in the side panel of the kitchen cabinet (not the back). There will be about 1-1/2" gap between the cabinet wall and the kitchen wall, covered at the front by a spacer. Or, does the outlet have to be flush to the kitchen wall?

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Old 09-18-05, 04:58 PM
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It is very common to surface mount the receptacle box either to the rear wall or to the base or sidewall of the cabinet.
 
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The receptacle can be installed inside the cabinet, or flush to the back or side wall of the cabinet, or even in the wall itself with a large enough hole cut in the cabinet.

The box must be accessible without removing the cabinet, and of course a box must be used.
 
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Old 09-18-05, 05:04 PM
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Ok, that's great, but what exactly do you mean by "accessible"?
 
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Old 09-18-05, 05:24 PM
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Each and every junction box must be accessible, whether it has a receptacle in it, a switch in it, or just a blank cover over it.

Accessible means that you can access the box (via the removable cover plate) without doing any destruction.

So you can't bury a box containing a splice in the wall, you can't drywall over a box, you can't place a cabinet oner a box, etc. You can place furniture in front of a box, even a big heavy piece of furniture, and you can place a box above a drop ceiling.

The idea is that you, or someone else, may need to get at a junction box for some reason. The box needs to be such that it is not hidden and such that it can be worked on.
 
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Old 09-18-05, 05:32 PM
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Perfect! Thanks much for the answers.
 
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