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#15400 - 10/17/02 09:50 AM Light switch location for a loft
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Registered: 10/17/02
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Loc: White Lake, MI USA
I have a loft with the entrance door in one corner. The door will swing to the left covering the wall that the door is on. The perpendicular wall is 36" high which overlooks the Living room below.

My question is: is it Ok to put a double box on that short wall (for switches to control ceiling fan & recessed lighting respectively)?

I'd probably have to notch about 5 studs that make up the corner inorder to get wires to that spot. If Ok I'd probably mount the box as close as possible to the top of the 36" wall.

Locating the switch just outside the door doesn't seem like a very elegant solution, it would either be about 4 feet away from the door (because of bathroom door) or next to loft door but on a tall wall which is part of the L shaped staircase.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.


PS: Also can I locate duplex outlets along that same wall?

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#15401 - 10/17/02 05:12 PM Re: Light switch location for a loft
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Registered: 04/03/02
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1:Consult a copy of the NEC Code Book
2: Consult a "DIY" electrical book.
3: Apply for and obtain the required permit.
4: Think about calling a licensed electrician.

THe switch cannot be located on a wall that the door swings into.
There is no height restriction that I am aware of for switches, excluding ADA requirements.
The studs that you "notch" cannot be structurally damaged or weakened by the "notches"
You must install "nail plates" to protect the cables.
Locations for outlets fall into the 6'-12'rule "it's in the NEC".

When in doubt; hire a pro. Electricity is dangerous if installed in an inproper manner.

The above suggestions are "my humble opinion"


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