Power sockets for kitchen island


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Old 09-06-21, 11:52 AM
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Power sockets for kitchen island

We have a power line under the floor from the kitchen wall to the kitchen island. We need to mount some sockets on the side of the island. Space is moderately tight inside the cabinet.

I found a nice option here: Amazon web page

But it is black and considered ugly. The Amazon web page add has a link to visit the Jgstkcity Store, but it is a link to another Amazon page. I have been unable to find the manufacturer to ask if they have additional colors available.

The first option appears to be to spray paint the top with a different color. Would that cause any problems?

Other options are if someone knows where to find a different model in white or grey or something more neutral, or how to find and contact the manufacturer.

Thank you for your time.
 
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Old 09-06-21, 02:59 PM
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Definitely not allowed face up in the counter.
I don't think it is permitted as replacement for the required kitchen receptacles.
 
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Old 09-06-21, 04:11 PM
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It could probably be used in the side of the island but it still needs a receptacle to plug in to.
You could just use a shallow box and receptacle in the island which would take up less space than that strip.
 
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Old 09-06-21, 04:42 PM
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I was not sufficiently clear. The receptacles will be on the long side of the island. The top is 3 feet by 7 feet. The base is 2 feet wide and 1 1/2 inches shorter on each end.
The receptacles will be on the base, mounted on the vertical side, under the wider overhang. They will be about 4 inches from the end.

Getting a pic from the iPhone to here was a problem but have it now. On the other side there is a drawer at the top with its depth all the way to the back. Below that are open cabinets. I can sacrifice some room in the back to place the receptacle where shown. The item shown from Amazon seems to take the least amount of space and is probably durable. I suppose some cable clamps can be glued to the inside of the frame to run the cable down to the bottom where the cable from the kitchen wall enters the island.

 
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That location looks to be under the area where a person might sit at the island. Inspectors in general don't allow receptacles in that area because a child could pull a cord hanging down. Usually the receptacles go in the ends.
 
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Old 09-07-21, 04:08 AM
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Since that thing has a cord and plug on it, I think it would be considered an extension cord. Extensions can't be installed as permanent wiring.
 

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The cord goes on the inside. A rectangle hole is cut in the island wall. The plug will be removed and the end hard connected to the wire from the kitchen wall socket, hard wired there, behind the wall. The junction will be below the floor of the inside of the island. My "intent" is to glue cable holders along the inside of the island and the cord will be reachable only by taking extra effort to open things up and reach for it. Must there be a junction box for the junction of that cable with the one from the kitchen wall socket? I can join the cables with wire nuts then put it below the floor. Maybe even screw down a panel over the hole so someone must use a screwdriver to access it.

However, that comment about the plug where people may sit is a concern. I can put the plug on the end. I don't know how to check up on that kind of requirement.
 
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The cord that is attached to that unit is not approved for permanent install.
Also by cutting the plug off you are voiding the original testing and certification.
 
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Old 09-07-21, 08:56 PM
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Ok. Then I presume I should install a standard wall power socket on the end of the island.
Question: Inside the island is a floor with a hole drilled in it and about 8 inches of exposed power cable running from the wall socket above the kitchen counter. It is GFI protected. It is not currently connected within the existing socket.
How am I allowed to connect the cable from the new socket to the existing cable from the old socket?
There is about 6 inches clearance to the floor but to use a full up junction box requires jig-sawing a 4x4 hole in the bottom of the island. I presume I could do that then cover it with a board that is screwed down. Is there an alternative?
 
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Old 09-13-21, 10:12 AM
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I don't quite understand your last question. If the cable is too short, you can either replace the cable, or add an accessible junction box to extend the cable to where it needs to go. It can be at the back of the cabinet, but it can't be fully hidden or closed in within a screwed-shut wood box or under the base of the cabinet.

I am picturing a NM-B (Romex) cable coming up through the floor of the cabinet with only a few inches. You can put a 4x4 metal box mounted at the back/side of the cabinet, make your splices there, to another cable going to your new receptacles. I would suggest using AC cable (aluminum clad) for some protection while within the cabinet. I don't like NM-B inside the cabinet unprotected.
 
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Old 09-14-21, 06:09 PM
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Have you considered an angled power strip, installed just underneath the countertop?

We redid our kitchen about 11 years ago, and the contractor had one similar to these products:
https://www.hardwareresources.com/ta...uplicate=31425

We got the 18 inch, with (2) Duplex outlets. I see now they have them with USB power ports too. They stay out of the way of knees, but easy to get to. We absolutely love it.
 
 

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