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#89820 - 10/20/04 07:43 AM counter top outlets
Reel-Break Offline

Registered: 04/04/02
Posts: 179
Loc: nc
why does the code require the peninsular counter top be mounted in the upper cabinet.I`ve been lucky I guess I haven`t been nabbed before now.We`ve been putting the outlets in lower end of the cabinets but this inspector has shown us the light.(210.52c 5) My thing here is I have no means to mount one in the upper cabinet it wasn`t designed for one space wize.with the shelf built in I`d have to go above 20inches so I should be able to use the one in the end of peninsular counter.But how do you guys mount a rec in the cabinet Old work box?The home owner is really not wanting it there...any advice?

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#89821 - 10/20/04 10:40 AM Re: counter top outlets
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Registered: 07/20/04
Posts: 9026
Loc: Estero,Fl,usa
My wife has decorative tile at the end of our peninsula that she would not let me cut a hole in for the receptacle. I figured out a "wiremold" box was a snug fit in the recess under the upper. I used 2, one for power, one for phone.
Greg Fretwell

#89822 - 10/20/04 11:50 AM Re: counter top outlets
frankft Offline

Registered: 10/13/04
Posts: 39
Loc: Maine
210-52c (5) Exception says that you can mount a recepticle at not more than 12" below the countertop as long as the countertop does not overhang the base by more than 6"
My question is what if the countertop overhangs the base by over 6" and there is no top cabinet. Then what, powerpole
Thats how we do it up in the woods!

#89823 - 10/20/04 06:52 PM Re: counter top outlets
John Steinke Offline

Registered: 04/03/01
Posts: 509
Loc: Reno,Nv., USA
I've wired a few kitchens recently, and, I must say, I am very happy that the local inspectors have been ignoring kitchen penninsulas and islands.

Why? Because so many of the designs make it impossible to comply with the code. A Typical arrangement will have a sink at the end, storage on one side, and stools on the other side. Placement on the ends is complicated by the storage drawers. The wall (if there is one) commonly is either too far from part of the counter, or obstructed by a sink, range, or whatever.

I think we need to re-think the code here!

#89824 - 10/20/04 11:57 PM Re: counter top outlets
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Registered: 05/27/03
Posts: 2837
Loc: S.F.,CA USA
what if the countertop overhangs the base by over 6" and there is no top cabinet?

The answer I have for most of the challenging Kit penisula's and islands is..... And I personally hate the product.... plugmold under the counter facing down. Most stone counters will have plywood backing, at least, and if not I make them put it there if I know they wont go for any other solution. And if the over hang is deep they will never even know its there. The inspector will, because he/she will ask me on the inspection, everytime. ( I don't like being caught with my pants down, so I wont go for installs that wont pass ) Designers and Arch's dont like it, but it isn't up to them is it? And because it will take time to precission wire through a cab, force the cab maker to provide false backs to cabinet sections, and do your best to hide an unsightly required plug, its extra money in my opinion! Is that too harsh?
Mark Heller
"Well - I oughta....." -Jackie Gleason

#89825 - 10/21/04 05:38 AM Re: counter top outlets
George Little Offline

Registered: 01/18/04
Posts: 1492
Loc: Michigan USA
My personal favorite is a piece of SO cord and a sky hook / kellum grip approach as long as you use # 12 awg wire :-))
George Little

#89826 - 10/21/04 06:16 AM Re: counter top outlets
ElectricAL Offline

Registered: 10/10/01
Posts: 615
Loc: Minneapolis, MN USA

Thanks for that idea. I think its quite ingenious.

Placing a plugmold strip within 6" of the lip of the counter, on the underside of the overhang, offers more possibilities for successful installation before the project hits the fan. One immediate benefit I can see is that the stub out to the plugmold can come from anywhere along the length of the plugmold, and nothing requires the plugmold to be kept short.
Al Hildenbrand

#89827 - 10/21/04 08:06 AM Re: counter top outlets
Bill Addiss Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA
I too first thought that wiremold beneath a 6"+ overhang would be compliant, but looking at 210.52(C)(5)Exception has changed my mind.
Receptacles mounted below a countertop in accordance with this exception shall not be located where the countertop extends more than 150 mm (6 in.) beyond its support base

This seems to say that no Receptacle will be permitted under a countertop that extends more than 6 in.


#89828 - 10/21/04 11:36 AM Re: counter top outlets
SolarPowered Offline

Registered: 07/05/04
Posts: 615
Loc: Palo Alto, CA, USA
It appears to me that it is impossible to satisfy the code when you have an island with a flat countertop that overhangs by more than 6" all around.

Anyone here know a solution for that?

#89829 - 10/21/04 11:53 AM Re: counter top outlets
ElectricAL Offline

Registered: 10/10/01
Posts: 615
Loc: Minneapolis, MN USA

I think that sentence is modifying the sentence just before it, in that Exception.
2002 NEC 210.52(C)(5)Exception
Exception: To comply with the conditions specified in (a) or (b), receptacle outlets shall be permitted to be mounted not more than 300 mm (12 in.) below the countertop. Receptacles mounted below a countertop in accordance with this exception shall not be located where the countertop extends more than 150 mm (6 in.) beyond its support base.

    [*] Construction for the physically impaired.
    [*]On island and peninsular countertops where the countertop is flat across its entire surface (no backsplashes, dividers, etc.) and there are no means to mount a receptacle within 500 mm (20 in.) above the countertop, such as an overhead cabinet.

I would argue that located "below the countertop" is mounted in the support base for the countertop.

Plugmold, facing down, mounted on the underside of the countertop is mounted "on the countertop", that is, the plugmold is not "below the countertop".
Al Hildenbrand

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