05:05AM | 08/22/07
Member Since: 08/21/07
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We live in New Jersey and recently have had our kitchen remodeled. The electrician had put outlets on walls where we would never use them such as next to the stairs and below a window. He says it is due to code that he must put outlets every few feet even if it does not make sense. These are no countertops where he put the outlets. It does not make sense. Is there a code that says there must be outlets every few feet in a kitchen, even if it does not make any sense?


08:10AM | 08/22/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
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First, for clarity, a receptacle is a place where you plug in electrical devices.

In "codish" a outlet is anyplace that electricity is used. That inlcude lighting fixtures and appliances in addtion to receptacles.

For countertops against the walls any segment that is 1ft wide or wider then needs a receptacle and any space on the counter top must be within 2ft of a receptacle.

Because of the pictures I am breaking this into 2 messages.
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08:14AM | 08/22/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
From the 2005 NEC. Note that there might be local amendments that changes this.

"(2) Wall Space As used in this section, a wall space shall include the following:

(1) Any space 600 mm (2 ft) or more in width (including space measured around

corners) and unbroken along the floor line by doorways, fireplaces, and similar


(2) The space occupied by fixed panels in exterior walls, excluding sliding panels

(3) The space afforded by fixed room dividers such as freestanding bar-type counters

or railings"

This is from the Handbook. It is not code, but adds explinations and clarifications.

"A wall space is a wall unbroken along the floor line by doorways, fireplaces, archways,

and similar openings and may include two or more walls of a room (around corners),

as illustrated in Exhibit 210.24.

Fixed room dividers, such as bar-type counters and railings, are to be included in the 6-

ft measurement. Fixed panels in exterior walls are counted as regular wall space, and a

floor-type receptacle close to the wall can be used to meet the required spacing.

Isolated, individual wall spaces 2 ft or more in width are often used for small pieces of

furniture on which a lamp or an appliance may be placed, and to preclude the use of an

extension cord to supply equipment in such an isolated space, a receptacle outlet is


The word usable does not appear at all in 210.52 as a condition for determining

compliance with the receptacle-spacing requirements. As an example, to correctly

determine the dimension of the wall line in a room, the wall space behind the swing of

a door is included in the measurement. This does not mean that the receptacle outlet

has to be located in that space, only that the space has been included in the wall-line

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