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#101458 - 03/20/07 08:15 PM Bar Counter Top
George Little Offline

Registered: 01/18/04
Posts: 1492
Loc: Michigan USA
I'm trying to find a code article that would require a receptacle to serve the countertop of a wet bar located in the family room of a single family home.
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#101459 - 03/20/07 08:36 PM Re: Bar Counter Top
Niko Offline

Registered: 08/17/06
Posts: 358
Loc: Campbell, CA

If it is a stand alone unit it might fall under island category and it requires one.210-52(C)(2)

If it does not fall under the island category then i would say 210-52 (A)(2)(3) applies.

I like to know what others have to say.

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#101460 - 03/20/07 10:02 PM Re: Bar Counter Top
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Registered: 07/20/04
Posts: 9026
Loc: Estero,Fl,usa
I don't think you will find anything that helps if this is not a kitchen, dining room or bathroom.
AS a design issue this should probably be a dedicated 20 but I fail to see a code requirement for any receptacles at a wet bar.
If they do put one in it has to be GFCI
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#101461 - 03/21/07 04:55 AM Re: Bar Counter Top
George Little Offline

Registered: 01/18/04
Posts: 1492
Loc: Michigan USA
That's what I found too Greg. So if a person wanted to save a few bucks he could forgo the plug over the bar countertop. Save the cost of a GFCI outlet.
George Little

#101462 - 03/21/07 07:45 AM Re: Bar Counter Top
Zapped Offline

Registered: 10/01/02
Posts: 481
Loc: Huntington Beach, CA, USA
I've always gone by 210.52 and it's various sub-sections, in the assumption that the wet-bar will require appliances such as blenders, etc., similar to a kitchen counter top. One circuit is usually acceptable however. GFCI protection on all outlets is definately a must.


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