Receptacle too close to counter surface?

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Old 02-04-08, 01:45 PM
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Receptacle too close to counter surface?

I need a 'peninsula' counter top receptacle on the short leg of my kitchen cabinet L. The wall behind is a partition which goes no higher than the counter top. I intend to build the partition up for a 42" bar top (pass through) on the living room side, and mount the receptacle in between the bar top and the counter top.

Accounting for flooring differences the receptacle will be only 1/4" above the 36" height of the finished countertop on the kitchen side. Is this a bad idea? I was going to put in a 4x4 j-box. Should I use a 2x4 j-box mounted on it's side? Or should I just build the bar up higher?
 
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Originally Posted by Romy07 View Post
the receptacle will be only 1/4" above the 36" height of the finished countertop on the kitchen side. Is this a bad idea?
It's okay. Does the 1/4" account for the width of the faceplate also? Make sure to account for that.

I was going to put in a 4x4 j-box. Should I use a 2x4 j-box mounted on it's side?
That's okay too.
 
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Thanks I forgot to check the face plate too.
 
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Lesson learned... I would use a single gang box mounted horizontally for a small backsplash like you're talking about. Even if you measure it out perfectly, a small difference when the installing and leveling counter top can make it difficult to fit the receptacle and faceplate.
 
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