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The covers are often broken or lost, so they fill with dirt. The electrician stated that this is a general rule of thumb that many electricians use.

We are also installing elevators (or shafts for future elevators) in multi story houses too.

You have a standard height of 16″ to the top of the outlet box, and a standard height of 48″ to the top of the switch box. Spec homes generally get standard height, and custom homes usually get standard height as well, unless other wise specified by the blue print, home owner or builder.It is in the nec code book and there is a standard in there for all outlets.

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What is the standard height recommended above the ground for these to be installed?

Just seems odd to always be bending over to plug/unplug everything. A common height for a wall outlet is between 12 to 16 inches to the bottom of the device.


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A plugged-in cable will get pinched / badly worn by traffic. I have never in all my years heard of any location having that extreme of a code amendment (ie: doubling the amount of required receptacles). At this height, the consumer unit is out of reach of young children yet accessible to other people when standing or sitting. Isolating switches such as those for a extractor fan for a shower are exempt from those heights (and instead would be installed close to the ceiling level). In old work/renovation typically we just match any existing ones. Then, there are custom heights in which different company use accordingly to the home owner or builder. I have outlets at 6 feet behind tvs, an outlet at bed height beside my bed for convenience (mine). What height should bathroom receptacle be off the ground?

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Modern bathrooms are vastly improved, though, as many older homes will not even have a light switch inside the room but rather in the hallway. A bathroom counter usually has a 4-inch backsplash, where the counter surface turns up the wall.

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An electrical outlet receptacle is usually placed 2 to 3 inches above the top of the backsplash. The outlet should be installed within 3 feet of the basin’s outer edge. Her professional experience has been large, high-end homes; multifamily housing; commercial and industrial projects. If you’re remodeling or building a new home, make sure to place them correctly to avoid future problems. Backsplashes prevent water from running behind a countertop. If you’re ever in doubt about the current code, you can call your local building department for help.

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Of course, no quantity of outlets will do much good if they are mounted at the wrong height. Make sure your kitchen counter electrical outlets are within easy reach, both for safety’s sake and to avoid code violations. This is especially true for the kitchen counters, where several high-power small appliances may be plugged in and in use at one time. The idea is that a small kitchen appliance placed anywhere on the countertop with a 24-inch power cord should reach an outlet without using an extension cord. Using an extension cord to reach the nearest outlet with your mixer or electric griddle can be downright dangerous. Making sure your kitchen counter outlets are at the correct height is critical when planning electrical outlet placement for your home.

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If outlets are mounted at the maximum height allowable, the space allowable between each outlet may shrink, requiring more outlets to be installed. This type of setup protects the whole circuit, not just the individual outlet. Some states require that all electrical work be done by a licensed electrician — something to keep in mind when budgeting for a kitchen overhaul.

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My boxes need to be installed so the top of the box is at 48″, 4″ higher than my original height. The ruling for counter receptacles is that they can be 14/3 or 12/2, and max 2 per circuit. I don’t really see what difference it would make to put the receptacles 4 inches lower on the backsplash, as it is difficult to reach across the counter from a wheelchair.

You can always fill the gap between the plate and the wall with mud, caulking or chewing gum. Around here 48″ is no longer the standard as 43″ seems to be the accepted practice. Well, a switch/control centered at 48″ would be a violation if the maximum height that applied was 48″. I would say there is no height nor lower limit in a residence unless the home is an ada home.



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Checked the cupboard plan with the owner, installed the boxes so that the top of the box was 8 inches above the top of the cupboards. And, last week, after the drywall is installed & painted, the counter-top guy informs me that the owner specified extra tall back-splashes. Which leads to my question: above a counter-top, is there a standard height that you install boxes?

I just set them at 48″ to center unless the arch elevations show otherwise. However, if required for handicapped access, receptacles can be placed on the front face of the counter, and can be in addition to the 2 receptacles on the circuit. Don’t you just love those receptacles that are half in the tile and half out?

I do switches and receptacles at 43″ off the sub floor to the bottom of the box. And in commercial 48 to the bottom or middle depending on prints or in this case backsplash.



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But charge the guy and next time he will remember and u will too.

What Is The Standard Height For Electrical Wall Switches? by homeguides.sfgate.com



Many builders position switch boxes so the bottom of the box is 48 inches above the floor. To be accessible from a wheelchair, switches over cabinets should be lower. If the floor is unfinished, add the thickness of the floor covering. Measure 2 inches under that mark and make another mark for the bottom of a standard 4-inch electrical box. If you’re installing a remodeling box in finished drywall, outline the box on the wall with a pencil, using the second mark to align the bottom, then cut out the outline with a drywall saw. This puts it 10 inches above the surface of a 36-inch cabinet, which is enough the clear the countertop backsplash, and makes it accessible from a wheelchair. Measure 48 inches from the floor with a tape measure and make a mark on the wall or the stud for the center of the box, using a pencil. For example, if you plan to install 3/4-inch hardwood floors, add 3/4 inches to the measurement. Position the bottom of the box on that mark and fasten it to the stud.Change the first measurement to 46 inches, adding the thickness of the floor covering as needed, if the switch is above a cabinet. When installing switches in a workshop, some woodworkers put them 52 inches from the floor so they can stand sheets of plywood against the wall without covering the switches.

How High Do I Place My Kitchen Electrical Outlets? by answers.yahoo.com



You may have a local or state code that specifies this, but the national code does not. I have receptacles in the floor at my house and it was inspected and passed. Advice about where to place electrical sockets throughout the house?





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The pilot light on my radiant heating furnace (for a house) is out. It depends on the number of outlets you would want to replace. The other thing to consider is if something would happen in the rental unit yo might be held liable for the damage. And that is the one that counts, along with any state or local codes.

You don’t even need to be an electrician to join it. I am wrong and willing to learn, but there is to much blowing smoke here. The receptacle outlet for refrigeration equipment shall be permitted to be supplied from an individual branch circuit rated 15 amperes or greater. The circuit is permitted, not required for the refrigerator. Other outlets where there is no counterspace should be no higher then 18″ to center. How does a bathroom know when someone’s in it to lock?

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If you’re asking about the wall outlet box, usually 2 nails or screws fix it. If it’s mounted into (or onto) a brick wall, the nails or screws fix the box to the brickwork.Or you could go to your local library and ask one of the staff there to suggest some books for you to read that cover this subject!

If the outlet is sparking when the appliance is off, or when the plug is not being handled, then you have a fire hazard. Unless specified otherwise by an engineer, builder, or homeowner, the choice is made by the electrician doing the rough-in. Outlets can be located 6 inches above electric baseboard heaters?

No outlets may be installed above a baseboard heater, no matter how high, it’s against code. That way you can plug in a standard plug, which requires less than 20 amps, or a special 20 amp plug, with one of the prongs sideways. There are no hard and fast rules, the most important thing is that it is relatively local to the stove (normally directly behind it), and easil… y accessable when the stove is pulled out for safe connection/disconnection. What is the proper height for an electrical outlet above bathroom countertop?

There’s nothing special about the height of a kitchen outlet box. When laying out receptacles that might conflict with cabinetry or countertops, make sure to check the dimensions and location of such items. The best advice is to call a licensed electrician to do this job for you. There, a generator is turned by water from a dam (hydroelectric) or by steam from coal or oil, or sometimes a nuclear reactor. The transmission lines go to substations, where the voltage is transformed down to a lower value, then distributed by wires on smaller poles into neighborhoods. Finally, the electricity comes from the transformer to your house. Once the electricity is at the house, wires in the attic and walls carry it to the outlet itself. Where does the electricity you get from an electrical outlet come from?

It’s a little more complicated than that, but that’s the basic idea. What height do you run electrical wire between outlets?

Outdoor receptacles shall be installed outdoors so as to be readily accessible from ground or grade level. The thing is the floor box and cover plates are specialized and expensive. There is no required height but normally it is best to keep them 12 inches off the groung. The cable comes from the consumer unit into the nearest outlet, from that outlet, another length of cable runs to the next nearest outlet, and from there t… o the next nearest etc etc. Some styles of outlet require bonding of the socket earths to the wall box earth post but is often achieved via the securing bolts that hold the oulet in the wall box. The only requirement is that it must be inspected by a qualified inspector before put into service. No useful – or safe – answer can be given to this question, as it stands, because the asker said nothing about the country he is in nor anything about the voltage and type of electrical… outlet he is asking about. Buy a voltage tester in any electrical supply house put it in the hot part of the outlet you will hear a beep or it will light up to let you… know you have power. Some of the planes provide electric outlets which require an adapter. If you’re asking about the electrical socket outlet itself, usually two screws fix it into its wall outlet box. If it’s mounted into a hollow wall built using wooden wall studs and sheetrock/plasterboard, the nails or screws fix the box to the closest wall stud. If not nailed or screwed to a wall stud in a hollow wall, an electrical outlet box can be held-in with a pair of “jiffy clips” or the box itself has flip-up ears that clamp it to the sheetrock/plasterboard. That is one simple question that can’t have any simple answers!

What is the standard mounting height for an electric stove outlet?

If you are plugging/unplugging under load it means that there is some abrupt energy change causing a spark. Generally speaking, most residential receptacles put in bedrooms, living rooms, and hallways are mounted 16 inches above the floor. Most standard household outlets are rated to handle up to 15 amps current. If you don’t know that then you shouldn’t be messing around with electricity. I believe is 450mm from finished floor height, although there are many installations that have it at 300mm from finished floor height. Convenience receptacles (no other purpose): 12-18″ on center. What is electrical outlet height above floor for gas range?

There is no code requirement for the height of the receptacle. It ultimately comes from a power generating station operated by the electric utility co. Have you seen the huge metal towers with cables up on top?

There, it is transformed once more into a lower voltage, the proper value for your outlets. Sometimes they are round metal cans up on poles, sometimes they are square metal boxes in a front yard or alley. It is generated at a power plant and passes through power lines to the end users.It is a very inefficient system, with up to 50% of the power generated being lost in transmission. About 16 inches from the floor, that way it gives you about 5 inches to bend down into the box which is mounted at 12 inches. Most electrician use the height of an electrician’s hammer to mark the bottom of an outlet box. Yes, they are in fact very common in commercial buildings and are becoming more popular in custom homes. What height best or required for exterior electrical outlet box on a post?

What is the height of an electrical outlet for a refrigerator?

So each outlet on the ring has two positive, two negative and two earth conductors connected. Do you have to be licensed to install electrical outlets?

Quite different wiring insulation “color sets” apply for the different electrical services – and their associated wiring systems – which are in use in the various countries around the world, so the name of the country is very important to know. If at least the the standard service frequency is not included in the answer, then the name of the relevant country should be, or preferably both details should be stated. Do not assume you know which wire is which until you have actually tested it with a proper electrician’s test meter or other approved electrical voltage testing device!

To be able to give this question a better answer than this, we need to know a lot more facts about the particular electrical outlet which is being asked about.



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Make sure you turn off the power to the circuit you will be working on or you will electrocute yourself. Then check one breaker at a time until you find the proper circuit. Typically wall outlets are 16 inches on center from the finish floor. Do airplanes have electrical outlets for passengers?

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All heights are from the top of the finish floor to center of box. However you can generally put them at any height you think would be most convienient. I don’t know of any building codes that specify a height but you should check by calling your town building department, just in case. Older homes with existing devices in baseboard can be matched. For an extension they should be no higher than in the existing house. Can you convert a wall receptacle into a light switch for a light?

I am 5’1″) but it depends on the height of the person using the bathrobe hook, their specific height and length of robe. Connect another hot wire from the other brass screw of the switch to the light fixture or load’s hot wire. The above answer is correct in that it gets its name from the fact it holds something — a plug. The simplest way to test a receptacle is to use a plug-in type receptacle tester. It’s their approval you need wh… en getting an inspection, and therefore, their rules. Consult a professional electrician, as they are proficient enough to do it properly and safely. Replacing a switch with a receptacle would mean there is no longer a switch, of course, for the l… ights. If you need a receptacle at this location, consider installing a combination unit with a switch and single receptacle on the same yoke. What is the proper height to mount a switch or receptacle in operation rooms?



A better solution… is a shower head on a flexible hose with a slide fixing allowing adjustment from say 1m-2m as this will suit more users. Sometimes the plumbing is installed before the shower tray, and the thickness of the tray is not considered, which results in a slightly lower than expected height for the fixings. If it doesn’t trip, (or reset correctly with the reset button) replace the device. How much should it cost to change out switches and receptacles in your house?

From the time you should be able to estimate what the total cost would be.If you are not familiar with electrical code and permits, do not attempt this. Assuming you won’t overload the circuit the lighting is on, here is what you do. You’ll need a short length of wire that is the same gauge as the rating of the controlling circuit breaker or fuse. Your city building inspector can answer that one and you also need to know where the electrical outlets need to go. General area receptacles in residences are commonly 12″, 16″ and 18″ center, vertical installation. Newer houses may have a third wir… e for ground, and this one may have no insulation.

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Turn power on and if the light is out, that outlet goes to the light. Install the switch but you have to wire one set of wires to each other then wire the other two to the switch (make sure the power is turned off after you check to see if that wall receptacle goes to the light).. I have one placed 74″ high by an entryway (interior) to avoid bumping it. What is the proper height to mount a thermostat at?

The thermal sensor however, should always be in the zone it is operating. As always, if you are in doubt about what to do, the best advice anyone should give you is to call a licensed electrician to advise what work is needed. This literally differs city to city: you have to check your local building code to know for sure. But if you want to be sure and be “leg… al” in your area, check with the local building inspector. Electrical and communications system receptacles on walls shall be mounted no less than 15 in (380 mm) above the floor. I believe that it is not theheight but it is the measure of age, before 18 age growth in all body tissues is in it’s highest rate, so hard or big loads on muscles or bones are not healthy. What this really means is that they can test the device however they want. If you do not understand the work well enough to accomplish it yourself properly and safely, don’t try it. When working on electrical circuits and equipment, make sure to de-energize the circuit you will be working on. Electrically there is no reason you couldn’t if the neutral exists in the switch box.

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Toilet bowls differ in height depending on the users in the household.

You will need a receptacle that you can wire each outlet separately (not jumpered).

You can jumper the neutral from one outlet to the other. If there are existing recepts in the building, we match those. What is the proper way to install blades of a receptacle up or down?

In fact, it is … also proper to mount the receptacle horizontally. The correct answer will depend on your local codes and ordinances, which may reference national fire or life-safety standards, which reference national fire alarm standards. The operating handle height must not exceed 48″, so the electrical box is usually mounted 48″ to the center of the box. What is the proper height to mount a shower valve and shower head in the bathroom?

Note that the height should be measured from the finished floor level. Any electrical meter which measures volts or a standard plug tester. If that happens, and you’re using an appliance when it does, then you could be injured or killed.

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