Is there code mention of outlets in closets?

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Old 12-22-16, 12:28 AM
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Is there code mention of outlets in closets?

I don't think I've ever seen a walk in type closet of any size with an outlet. Are they really that cheap in spec/tract houses that another $3-4 will break them? Maybe just in custom homes?

I mean, I had one at my house in VA in a small coat closet, but that's because all the pre-wiring for an alarm system terminated there. I used it to keep a dust buster charged.
 
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Old 12-22-16, 05:35 AM
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There is not code requirement for receptacles in closets, but I agree with you that a walk in closet should have at least one for dust busters, and other periphery you want to hide from view.
 
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Old 12-22-16, 05:41 AM
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I put outlets in my closets when I built my house and there was no issue with code. If I recall the only electrical code issue was that the light fixtures could not be incandescent if they were within a certain distance of the walls. I think a fire prevention issue to prevent someone from piling clothes up until they touched a hot light fixture.
 
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Old 12-22-16, 07:24 AM
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No one is going to install another receptacle for only $3 or 4 dollars. Some also have enough trouble placing receptacles with an eye for furniture placement, let alone think about closets.
 
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Old 12-22-16, 08:46 AM
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They are not required by code, but not also not prohibited, so it's up to the builder / homeowner. Standard bid rate for a receptacle in new construction is about $50-60 each.
 
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I originally just meant $3-4 for materials. I know having an outlet or switch added to existing plans can cost quite a bit, but do they really charge that much for just the basic stuff on the plan? That would mean the tiny bedroom I'm sitting in now would have cost $200-240 for just the outlets. For a job that would prob take an experienced person an hour or so.

Jeez, no wonder my VA neighbor drove new trucks every 2 years.
 
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Old 12-22-16, 01:16 PM
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I've painted 1000's of new houses over the years ranging from cheap tract homes to mansions. The only walk in closets I recall seeing receptacles in [unless wired for a specific device] is the large walk in closets that were bigger than most of the bed rms I've had over the years.
 
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Most bids are constructed to be "code minimum" (which is actually quite robust) based on the square footage of the house plus a per-unit price for additional custom lighting and receptacles beyond code. It's an estimated cost which figures in a lot of stuff. Any given receptacle is unlikely to cost $50, but when you add up all the cost associated with customizations to the plan (including additional plan review, permit and inspection fees) and divide out by number of devices, it's a decent guess.
 
 

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