elec outlets in new addition


Old 08-12-07, 07:56 AM
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We are in the process of having an addition built to our home and the contract calls for "outlets to code". We are trying to figure out where we will need additional outlets. I guess different towns/states have different codes, but in general, how many feet is there between outlets?

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Old 08-12-07, 08:24 AM
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Here are basics of required receptacle location.
Every wall 2 or longer must have a receptacle.
There must be no section of wall more than 6 feet from a receptacle. That means that within 6 feet of the start of a wall there must be a receptacle and every 12 feet after that. Start of a wall would be things like either side of a door, fireplace, built in book shelf or any permanent item that goes from floor to ceiling. A corner is not the start of wall. A wall continues around a corner for the distance calculations.
Code also requires a switch at each entrance to a room to turn on a light. That could be a ceiling fixture or a swithced receptacle to allow a lamp to be plugged in.
Old 08-12-07, 09:57 AM
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Keep in mind that that code is minimum. Having been where you are at, and the wife keeps rearranging, you may want to exceed this. That goes for cable outlets too.

Having a switched outlet for a Christmas tree is a nice thing to have too.

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