05:46AM | 03/19/06
Member Since: 03/17/04
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I'm building a three wall, floor to ceiling office system including cabinets, bookshelves and desks. One wall is entirely lower cabs w/ bookshelves on top. Are there any creative ways to preserve access to the electric outlets I'm covering up? (Perhaps this should go in the electric forum, but I figured my fellow woodworkers would have run into this before.)


11:18AM | 03/19/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
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You can't cover up any active electrical boxes. Even if the receptacles can't be used they are still junction boxes.

If they don't feed any other place you can go the last box before these and disconnect the wires. But typically they will feed some place else.

If you have access from below you can often bypass them.

But you can just cut a hole in the back of the cabinet for the receptacle. Even if it is not being used it is still accessilbe.

Or you can can make the back or part of the back removable.

The requirement is that you be able to access the box with nothing, but a screw driver (and moving the 100 lbs of junks that you have stored in the cabinets).


11:31AM | 03/19/06
Member Since: 03/17/04
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hmmm....if I remember correctly, our residential code here requires use of an "extension ring" for the microwave outlet and dishwasher outlet in the back of kitchen cabinetry. That would mean cutting the cab back right in front of the outlet in the drywall, removing the cover plate, pulling the recep out, installing the ring and reinstalling recep and cover plate. That's pretty simple, I suppose. I think this is the device,

Sound good?


12:52PM | 03/19/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
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Yes, that is a good way to handle this.

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