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rao.manoj2004
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Is closet considered opening like door

Post by rao.manoj2004 » Sat Nov 03, 2018 3:21 pm

Hi, Thanks for your help in advance.

1) As per ontario electrical code, we need have outlet within 6 feet of any opening like door. What if we a closet in wall, does 6 feet rule apply to it. Issue is my 2 outlets are 13 feet a part and have a closet in between. Outlet would be within 6 feet from closet door.

2) If we have 2 outlets on two different walls in a room (two 90 degree walls) and distance between them along the wall is more than 12 feet but direct distance is 11 feet. Which distance will be considered.

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Re: Is closet considered opening like door

Post by Aaron » Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:28 pm

rao.manoj2004 wrote:
Sat Nov 03, 2018 3:21 pm
1) As per ontario electrical code, we need have outlet within 6 feet of any opening like door. What if we a closet in wall, does 6 feet rule apply to it. Issue is my 2 outlets are 13 feet a part and have a closet in between. Outlet would be within 6 feet from closet door.
The 6 foot (1.8 meters) rule applies to usable wall space. Here is the definition of "usable wall space" according Canadian Electric Code:
CEC Section 26 Table 26-3 - Usable Wall Space. A wall space 900 mm or more in width that does not include doorways, areas occupied by a door when fully opened, windows that extend to the floor, fireplaces, or other permanent installations that would limit the use of the wall space is deemed as a finished wall for determining the minimum number of receptacles. For example, a 900 mm usable wall space would require one 5-15R or 5-20R receptacle. The 5-15R and 5-20R receptacles are not required to be of the tamper-resistant type if they are rendered inaccessible by locating them behind an appliance, or they are 2 m above floor or finished grade.
So if you have one receptacle within 6 feet of the door frame (the side with the latching strike plate), and the other receptacle within 6 feet of the outer edge of a fully-opened door, then you're good.
rao.manoj2004 wrote:
Sat Nov 03, 2018 3:21 pm
2) If we have 2 outlets on two different walls in a room (two 90 degree walls) and distance between them along the wall is more than 12 feet but direct distance is 11 feet. Which distance will be considered.
So if those two perpendicular walls are usable wall space, then you need to follow the 12 foot rule because it's calculated along the perimeter of a room.

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Re: Is closet considered opening like door

Post by emtnut » Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:33 pm

Without thinking of code, just ask yourself "if I had a radio sitting "there", could I plug it in without passing a closet or doorway?"

Keep in mind, cords for general equipment are 6' long ;)

If you wire with that in mind, you'll never fail that part of the inspection :mrgreen:
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Re: Is closet considered opening like door

Post by rao.manoj2004 » Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:47 pm

Thanks Emtnut/Aaron for clarification.

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