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Using electronic timer to control one of 2 outlets on a split receptable ok?

Using electronic timer to control one of 2 outlets on a split receptable ok?

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Old 01-21-11, 09:53 AM
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Using electronic timer to control one of 2 outlets on a split receptable ok?

I keep forgetting to turn off my new automatic espresso machine because every coffee machine I had before had an automatic inactivity timer.

So I bought a 6ft extension cord, cut it half way and wired it in a white stand alone electrical box with a 1 hour electronic countdown timer.

Since we're doing a new kitchen I was wondering if I could put a double box where the espresso machine is going to be and put the timer there along with the receptacle.

The potential problem is is that it's a split receptacle, which in fact is good because I could have only the bottom outlet on the timer and the top one always on, but is this legal?

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Old 01-21-11, 10:56 AM
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I would probably put it on a dedicated circuit. I don't think an inspector would have a problem with this on a counter top circuit but who knows. Might save an argument if he claims a switched receptacle can't count as a counter top receptacle to meet quantity and spacing requirements. In other words do the counter top receptacles to code then add this in between them.
 
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