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Receptacle Spacing

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:33 am
by Kfry
Good morning all .
I was wondering if someone could interpret the receptacle general spacing code for me cause the way I read it makes it seem like that no receptacle can be no further then 6 feet (1.8)away then each other in usable space . And if thatโ€™s the case Im gonna have a lots of outlets . Specially if I have to fallow this were two walls meet up ,keeping them evenly spaced 6 ft . Im just thinking maybe Iโ€™m not understanding it correctly . Thank you everyone for taking your time to read this

Re: Receptacle Spacing

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:07 am
by emtnut
The receptacles are actualy 12 feet apart (max).

So when you are standing at any point in the room, you are no more that 6 feet from one.

Keep in mind you can't measure across an opening (ie doorway)

Small sections of wall greater than 3 feet also require at least one receptacle.

Kitchens not included with these rules, they have their own requirements.

Re: Receptacle Spacing

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:52 am
by Kfry
Thank you soo much emtnut

Re: Receptacle Spacing

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:32 am
by emtnut
Kfry wrote: โ†‘
Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:33 am
Specially if I have to fallow this were two walls meet up ,keeping them evenly spaced 6 ft
Keep in mind that the receptacles don't have to be exactly 12' apart (just no more than that)
I generally ask the homeowner where the furniture will be going (else, just use my judgement). IE, it's nice to have a receptacle on either side of the sofa or a bed (instead of one behind it).
Good to have a receptacle beside where a chair will go. Try to get at least one close to the TV/entertainment area.... you get the idea ;)

Re: Receptacle Spacing

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:44 am
by Kfry
Awesome thank you again ,you guys are great . Makes developing my basement much less stressful ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks again

Re: Receptacle Spacing

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:38 pm
by Kfry
Good evening everyone

I was wondering what the new code is for AFCI breaker .Would I need to put them in for every receptacle circuit And lighting circuit or is it just for bedrooms .

Thank you again everyone much appreciated

Re: Receptacle Spacing

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:05 pm
by Aaron
This exact question was just asked and answered here: viewtopic.php?t=7919

Re: Receptacle Spacing

Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:01 pm
by jeff6146
Great answer, so how would garages fall into that category? Is this just for residences? Does a business have the same rules to follow or do they have their own?

Re: Receptacle Spacing

Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:57 pm
by A. Spruce
jeff6146 wrote: โ†‘
Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:01 pm
Great answer, so how would garages fall into that category? Is this just for residences? Does a business have the same rules to follow or do they have their own?
It has been my experience that garages require ONE receptacle, and that is it! It must be GFCI protected because it is considered an exterior outlet.

Now, if you want more than this one outlet, you can add whatever you like, BUT, they must be GFCI protected and no more than 5 or 6 outlets total for any one circuit. There is no spacing rule, at least here in the states.

Re: Receptacle Spacing

Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:35 pm
by Aaron
Honestly I would say if you're running a line to your garage, run 50 amps and have a subpanel out there.

We're in the age of electric cars. So it's good to have serious capacity in the garage.

Re: Receptacle Spacing

Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:51 pm
by A. Spruce
Aaron wrote: โ†‘
Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:35 pm
Honestly I would say if you're running a line to your garage, run 50 amps and have a subpanel out there.

We're in the age of electric cars. So it's good to have serious capacity in the garage.
As much as I don't like to disagree with my cohorts, I think it is wise to plan for YOUR future needs and nothing more. Adding electrical for powering an electric car is not likely to be something that you will get any sort of return of investment from. If you plan to buy an electric and need that sort of charging capacity, then by all means do it, but thinking that something like this will add value to your home is misguided, at least at this time.

Having said that, I am seeing reports that by 2025 internal combustion engines will no longer be produced, though, I think this is a bit optimistic, this trend is there. I think we will be seeing more hybrid electrics, like the Prius and Volt, among others, that use gas power to extend the range of electric propulsion. Another example is Tesla, who is pioneering high range electrics