Renovating kitchen - complying w/ electrical code

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Old 02-08-06, 03:15 PM
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Renovating kitchen - complying w/ electrical code

Hi everyone,

We are completely renovating our kitchen in preparation for selling the house, and we want to make sure that it will pass inspection when a home inspector comes through.

Last year, we installed a dedicated line for the refrigerator (not there when we moved in), and our current contractor will install at least 3 GFCI (GFI?) outlets along the countertop, which extends 18 feet total along three walls.

Is there anything else we should consider, from an electrical standpoint, as the work gets started? I appreciate your time, and thanks for any advice!
 
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Old 02-08-06, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Irishguy
We are completely renovating our kitchen in preparation for selling the house, and we want to make sure that it will pass inspection when a home inspector comes through.
A home inspector has no jurisdiction to pass anything. He simply reports the current condition of the house to the potential buyer. Too many people put WAY too much importance and official legality on what some home inspectors say.





Originally Posted by Irishguy
Last year, we installed a dedicated line for the refrigerator (not there when we moved in), and our current contractor will install at least 3 GFCI (GFI?) outlets along the countertop, which extends 18 feet total along three walls.
Is there anything else we should consider, from an electrical standpoint, as the work gets started?
You will definitely need more than three receptacles. If your guy is a real electrician he will know the codes as to how many receptacles and circuits will be necessary.
 
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From what your contractor has proposed, it sounds like he is not an electrician. I recommend hiring a licenced electrician to do that work; handymen and general construction people often get it wrong in kitchens.

In kitchens, there is a lot to consider. The kitchen and the bathroom are the two most heavily regulated rooms in the house with regard to electricity. Here is the abridged version:

1) There must be at least (2) 20A GFCI-protected small appliance branch circuits which serve only the kitchen countertop receptacles, dining room and pantry receptacles (if applicable). These circuits may not serve lighting or anything outside the listed rooms.

2) No point along the back of the countertop can be further than 24" from a receptacle; this roughly equates to one receptacle every four feet minimum.

3) There must be a receptacle within 24" of the edge of the sink.

4) There must be a receptacle serving any piece of countertop wider than 12"; including islands.

The relevant code for receptacle requirements is 210.52(A)-(C).

If you have a garbage disposal, dishwasher, built-in oven, built-in microwave, electric range or cook top, or any other built-in appliance there are many more things to consider. Keep in mind that a total rennovation requires you to bring the whole room up to code.
 
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