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shananana

08:02PM | 02/24/06
Member Since: 02/24/06
2 lifetime posts
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I would like to put outlet strips in the kitchen of my new home. I've seen these strips in magazines mounted on the backsplash close to the bottom of the upper cabinets so you can't see them. There is an outlet every couple of inches and for this reason my contractor says it can't be done. Does anyone know what I'm talking about and can it be done?

Billhart

03:26AM | 02/25/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1918 lifetime posts
They are called strip outlets.

While other companies also make them but PlugMold is the most common brand.

http://www.wiremold.com/www/consumer/products/plugmold/index.asp

They come in all different lengths and receptacle spacing.

http://www.electricsupplyonline.com/prod/wiremold-surface_raceways_with_outlet.php

"I've seen these strips in magazines mounted on the backsplash close to the bottom of the upper cabinets so you can't see them."

That is proof that it can be done. Unless there is something very specific with your house it can be done.

It sounds like your contractor is too lazy to figure out how to do it.

And if there is any specific reason that it can't be down in your house then he needs to give you a detailed specific reason why not.

Suggestion - install it on a cant strip so that it tilts out about 30 - 45 degrees. Makes it easier to get the plug into it without being against the bottom of the upper cabinets.


househelper

04:26AM | 02/26/06
Member Since: 03/31/05
265 lifetime posts
Mounting an outlet strip as you describe can most certainly be done as long as it is protected by a GFCI breaker or receptacle. Follow Billhart's suggestion on mounting for the best installation.

shananana

08:57AM | 02/28/06
Member Since: 02/24/06
2 lifetime posts
That is just what I needed to know. I agree, I think my contractor just didn't want to bother, but I don't give up that easily. My next endeavor is to get the electrical outlets in the baseboards. Anyone know if that would be a problem so I'm armed and ready?

Billhart

03:04PM | 02/28/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1918 lifetime posts
The national electrical code (NEC) has not have any prohibition against having receptacles in baseboard. However, it is possible that there is a local admentment does prohibit it.

Of course you need wider baseboards that are common in newer homes and they are more expensive if you don't have them.

Don't know the stage of work being done. But if the baseboards are not up one "trick" is to not install the box, but leave a lenght of cable in the wall.

MARK THE LOCATION AND KEEP GOOD RECORD OF WHERE IT IS.

Then install the baseboard and cut a hole for an Old Work box, fish out the cable and connect them. In some cases that is easier than all the measuring and fitting to get a good fit installing baseboard over exisitng boxes.


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