Finished Basement - Receptacles?

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Old 10-28-13, 09:21 AM
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Question Finished Basement - Receptacles?

Hi,

I'm going to be refinishing my basement that is 34' x 22', and had a couple questions regarding the receptacles.

1. How many receptacles would be the norm on each wall space for a room this size?

I was thinking 3 on the longer wall sides, and 2 on the shorter wall sides; so a total of 10 receptacles.

2. The basement has a sub-pump but we are not in a flood zone and based on the neighbors and the previous owners of the house they said they never had issues with flooding and the basement doesn't show any signs of flood issues on the wall.

a. To play it safe, should I be installing all GFI receptacles in the basement?

b. Also, how high off the ground should the receptacles be (e.g. 14 inches)?

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Old 10-28-13, 10:20 AM
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Each wall two feet or more wide must have a receptacle. The receptacles can be no more then 12 feet apart so that anything requiring a receptacle is never more then six feet from a receptacle.
 

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Bottom of the box is 12" off the floor. (not set in stone)
I just cut a scrap piece of wood as a gauge if I'm doing lots of them, or just premeasure and mark them all at one time so your not having to keep pulling your tape measure out.
Did you get a permit?
May need to be using AFCI breakers.
Going to have to ask your building inspector abut needing GFI's.
You can never have to many outlets.
Stop and think about what's going in that area. Sometimes I install a double outlet if I know there's going to be an entertainment center or computer near by so you do not have to use adaptors or extension cords.
 

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A claw hammer makes a good guide for height also if your nailing them to studs.
 
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Old 10-28-13, 01:27 PM
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Bottom of the box is 12" off the floor. (not set in stone)
I like them just a little higher than that so I don't have to bend over so far.
 
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Old 10-28-13, 03:19 PM
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Bottom of the box is 12" off the floor. (not set in stone)
I set them 16" to center AFF, unless there's some reason to use a different height. That's +14" to the bottom of a typical box.
 
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Old 10-28-13, 08:05 PM
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Sit in a rolling chair and put them at face height. Then you can work on them in the chair, AND plug/unplug stuff from the chair!
I don't know if you have a touch of OCD or not, but I would just measure where the rest of the receptacles in your house are installed and use that same measurement.
 
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Old 10-28-13, 09:32 PM
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No that sounds high enough to bee a bit obvious and get in the way. Plus it's a bit high for the 6 & 12 rule to be effective.

Sitting down for the installation is definitely a plus. Most times I throw what I need in a clean drywall bucket, then dump it out and sit on the inverted bucket at each location.
 
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Just to throw in another thought... the minimum is the 6/12' rule. But think about where your TV will go, lamps, treadmill, bookcases, etc will go and adjust them or add additional receptacles to make it easy. It's MUCH easier to add them now than after the drywall is up.

Usually, a finished basement doesn't require GFI receptacles.
 
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