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#22085 - 02/17/03 07:22 PM Receptacles

A receptacle is required within 6 feet of a door opening: Lets say you have a door swing covering one side of a wall (entry door), and on the other side, you have a closet with a door swing covering the opposite side of the wall. Fort he remainder--you have open air. What do you do now?

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#22086 - 02/17/03 07:44 PM Re: Receptacles
Electric Eagle Offline

Registered: 04/20/02
Posts: 928
Loc: Alpharetta, GA
When in doubt, be conservative and put in a recep.

#22087 - 02/18/03 05:27 AM Re: Receptacles
Electricmanscott Offline

Registered: 01/12/02
Posts: 1478
Loc: Holden, MA USA
The NEC does not exclude wall space that falls behind the door. I know this may be argued but it is pretty clear to me. You need a receptacle there if the wall is 24'' or wider.

#22088 - 02/18/03 06:05 AM Re: Receptacles
spyder Offline

Registered: 10/14/02
Posts: 211
Loc: Massachusetts
Scott is right. 2ft or wider you need the recp. Also close the door and you have a great recp to plug a vaccuum into. The recp will never be blocked by furniture.

#22089 - 02/18/03 08:06 AM Re: Receptacles
George Offline

Registered: 02/23/02
Posts: 380
Foca Se ----

Remember the code is perscriptive. A homeowner has the right to say it is not necessary. A spec builder has less right.

I cannot imagine a AHJ red tagging the lack of a recept.

#22090 - 02/18/03 08:14 AM Re: Receptacles
Jim M Offline

Registered: 08/10/01
Posts: 453
Loc: Chestertown, MD, USA

I think your statement about the homeowner overriding the NEC is ludacris (sp). If this was the case what would prevent them from saying they don't want any of the safeguards that the code requires? After all it is their life, maybe they don't want to play in the gene pool? What about the next person to buy the house? Wouldn't this allow the homeowner to overrule the AHJ?

Sorry for the rant but I disagree strongly.

#22091 - 02/18/03 09:45 AM Re: Receptacles
iwire Offline

Registered: 01/05/03
Posts: 4343
Loc: North Attleboro, MA USA
I agree with Jim, at least in the states I work the homeowner can not "override" the code, here in MA if a homeowner wants to do their own work they are required to pull a permit, get inspections and follow the amended NEC just like a qualified person.

[This message has been edited by iwire (edited 02-18-2003).]
Bob Badger
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#22092 - 02/18/03 01:06 PM Re: Receptacles
HotLine1 Offline


Registered: 04/03/02
Posts: 6804
Loc: Brick, NJ USA
The NEC cannot be "overridden" by the homeowner, builder etc. The NEC is the minimum required, and the 6-12" rule (and 24" min) are required receptacle locations in a resi job. (Excluding the "rehab" codes in states that have them)


#22093 - 02/18/03 05:15 PM Re: Receptacles
George Offline

Registered: 02/23/02
Posts: 380
As I recall the 12' rule does not apply in many places in a residence, laundry rooms, halls, bathrooms, ...

As I recall it applies to only the specific room types listed in the code.

As I recall a home office is not one of the rooms where the 12' rule applies. (It could look identical to a bedroom.)

As a building inspector are you going to go to court and argue that the 12' rule is important to safety in some rooms but not others? And in this case inparticular?

Those are foolish arguments.

#22094 - 02/18/03 10:13 PM Re: Receptacles

TY for the responses!

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