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Bar Counter Top #101458
03/20/07 11:15 PM
03/20/07 11:15 PM
George Little  Offline OP
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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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Re: Bar Counter Top #101459
03/20/07 11:36 PM
03/20/07 11:36 PM
Niko  Offline
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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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Re: Bar Counter Top #101460
03/21/07 01:02 AM
03/21/07 01:02 AM
gfretwell  Offline

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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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Re: Bar Counter Top #101461
03/21/07 07:55 AM
03/21/07 07:55 AM
George Little  Offline OP
Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 1,489
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
Re: Bar Counter Top #101462
03/21/07 10:45 AM
03/21/07 10:45 AM
Zapped  Offline
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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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