Receptacle Requirements - Residential


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Old 05-28-14, 07:16 PM
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Receptacle Requirements - Residential

I'm helping a buddy of mine wire his basement and there's a steel support post that has been framed around for drywall, and he seems to think it will require a receptacle. I don't think it does because it's not technically a wall--it's a post. I understand a receptacle is required for a wall space greater than 24", including around a corner, but it seems ridiculous that a plug would be required on a small post. The reason he thinks it is required is because a friend of his just had his basement inspected and the inspector made him add a plug in his post because it has a perimeter greater than 24". Seems absurd, but I really don't know. Anyone have the correct answer?

210.52(A)(2) Wall Space

This section contains three sentences that clarify the term “wall space.” As used in this section, a wall space is any space that is 2 feet (600 mm) or more in width. [210.52(A)(2)(1)] This provision is straightforward. If the space is less than 2 feet (600 mms) wide, it is not considered wall space; therefore no receptacle is required. If the space is 2 feet (600 mm) or more in width, then it is considered wall space, and consequently a receptacle outlet is required.
Sounds like the answer is no, a receptacle is not needed.
 

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Old 05-28-14, 08:43 PM
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I think you pretty much answered your own question. If it is 24" or larger, it needs a receptacle. The only exception would be if it is a walkway, then the 10' rule would apply. I think it would be kind of handy to have one there for plugging in a vac or such. Extra receptacles are never a bad thing.
 
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Old 05-28-14, 08:55 PM
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A steel support post would not, but a framed out post with those dimensions I believe the inspector was correct as it is now wall space.
 
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Old 05-29-14, 08:53 AM
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A steel support post would not, but a framed out post with those dimensions I believe the inspector was correct as it is now wall space.
The post is 36" around, so apparently it will need a receptacle. Seems ridiculous, but that's the code I guess. I'll just put it on the backside where you can't see it. I still say 24" in width doesn't equate to 24" in perimeter, but what do I know. I suppose the code has to be general enough to cover all situations. For example, if the post was 10' around but consisted of a bunch of 23" sections, then it would definitely require a couple outlets.
 

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If the inspector is the same one that required the other one that pretty much answers the question .
 
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Old 05-29-14, 07:52 PM
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I still say 24" in width doesn't equate to 24" in perimeter, but what do I know.
Personally, I think your right, but the inspectors might have coffee together so it is better to CYA.
 
 

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