Power Outlet In Drop Ceiling

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Old 12-20-07, 09:26 AM
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Power Outlet In Drop Ceiling

Hi,
What is the best solution for installing an outlet in the ceiling for a projector? Can an outlet be installed above the drop ceiling and be in code? If not can I mount a box/outlet to the bottom of a joist facing down?
I am using ceiling link, so there is not alot of space between the bottom of the joists and the cailing panel (I added some strapping as spacers so its not flush) Any thoughts?
 
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Old 12-20-07, 09:36 AM
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Receptacle outlets cannot be mounted ABOVE a ceiling tile and be Code compliant.

You could mount one face down so that the device is flush with the ceiling tile. Brackets are made to span the grid and support a box. You may need to go to an electrical supply house to get these. You may also need a plaster ring to extend the box thru the tile, depending on the type of box used.
 
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No, you cannot and should not place a receptacle above the ceiling.

Attach a box to a joist (directly or indirectly) so that the box is flush with edge of the ceiling tile, then use a normal face plate on the installed receptacle.
 
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This is similar to what I described.

http://www.aifittings.com/whnew105.htm
 
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Just ask for a 2' t-bar hanger.
It will come with a clip to attach the box for the receptacle.
Use a 4" square box and I believe a 1" deep plaster ring to get the face flush with the tile.
 
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