Requirements for kitchen island outlet?

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Old 05-28-17, 09:05 AM
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Requirements for kitchen island outlet?

We have an island in our kitchen that is a countertop sitting on two 36" cabinets. We'd like to put an outlet in it because our countertop space near existing outlets is limited. The overhang of the top is less than 2.5" all the way around. Would prefer to have the outlet on the back (6' long) side which is opposite the doors and drawers.

I know it has to be a GFCI 20 amp outlet and there is a 20 amp circuit available. Are there any restrictions on placement from the corners or below the top? What type of conduit does the wire inside the cabinet need to run though until it reaches the basement?

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Old 05-28-17, 09:14 AM
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I install cabinets. Let a pro electrician answer also.
I would place 2 receptacles at the left and right ends, it's doable even with drawers.
The receptacles should be GFCI Tamper Proof.

An outlet on the back of the island should only be used for convenience IMO, like a vacuum.
 
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I would place 2 receptacles at the left and right ends...An outlet on the back of the island should only be used for convenience
Thanks. The reason I want it on the back is because the end on which it would be most convenient is opposite the dishwasher and lots of traffic passes by. Not so much on the back side. FWIW, there would be nothing permanent plugged in, it would only be used occasionally for a mixer or a waffle iron and maybe occasionally a coffee pot.
 
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The receptacle need to be within 15 inches of the countertop IIRC.

Your could sleeve NM cable inside the cabinet .

Measure carefully to avoid hitting a drawer with the box.
 
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Receptacle in Island

Measure the clearance from the back of the drawers with the drawers fully closed to the inside of the back wall of the cabinet. Use an old work box.
 
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The receptacle needs to be within 15 inches of the countertop IIRC.
There is about 2" clearance between the back of the drawer and the cabinet. The drawer bottom is 6" below the underside of the countertop. I'll probably just locate the box 6.5-7" below the countertop.
 
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You can get low-profile old work boxes that can fit in that 2" space. You may also need a low-profile GFCI receptacle, but it's definitely doable.

You can place the required receptacle anywhere around the island as it suits you.
 
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I know it has to be a GFCI 20 amp outlet
No, it doesn't have to be a 20 amp GFCI rated outlet unless your kitchen appliances have 20 amp plugs on their cords; a 15 amp GFCI device is fine on a 20 amp circuit.
 
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Old 05-31-17, 07:50 PM
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Another option is to install a multi-outlet assembly AKA: Plugmold. It is available in tamper resistant versions and a few colors. No box required, just drill a hole large enough for your cable a connector.
 
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