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    Electrical Outlet Height /Garage

    I have search the forum for the correct answer
    but no one is sure.
    What is the height requirement for an electrical outlet in the garage?

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    Re: Electrical Outlet Height /Garage

    Commercial or Residential?

    Anywhere within reason for a residential garage (a floor recetpacle might cause some debate).

    A commercial garage may be considered a hazardous location near the floor, so keeping them above 18" is the easiest thing to do.

    Steve

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    Re: Electrical Outlet Height /Garage

    Thanks for the reply the question is for a residential garage.
    Is there no code written for outlet height in a residential garage ?

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    Re: Electrical Outlet Height /Garage

    This is a very misapplied area. There is no requirement in a residential garage. Some people say that there is a requirement in the mechanical code that addresses this, but again, it is misapplication.

    Put them wherever you want.
    Ryan Jackson, Salt Lake City
    Inspector, Instructor

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    Re: Electrical Outlet Height /Garage

    However, make sure that they are GFCI ptotected.
    EE Bob

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    Re: Electrical Outlet Height /Garage

    Kevy1:
    Are you referring to a switch or receptacle outlet?

    Well anyway there is no height requirement.
    But for receptacles, put them at 4'6" this way they will be above the top of a 4x8 sheet of plywood leaning against the wall....
    GFCI is required unless for dedicated appilance such as a refrigerator, this would be a single rect, and have to marked as such on the rough in for the AHJ to know.
    Moderator-Washington State
    Ancora Imparo

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    Re: Electrical Outlet Height /Garage

    OK, any receptacles in a garage have to be GFCI protected.A floor receptacle is fine after all it`s in a dry location and as long as it`s GFI`D then code compliant.1 last thought the receptacle has to be out of the way of physical damage.A floor box with a bollards around it LOL

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    Re: Electrical Outlet Height /Garage

    300.5 D I think says it has to be rated for a wet location ( underground) so it would have to be UF.

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    Re: Electrical Outlet Height /Garage

    If you install an outlet less than 18" in a garage, regardless of residential or commercial, you will have to install EY(Explosion Proof)fittings. Read NEC 505-9(c) Class I Zone 2. The reasoning is that should you spill gasoline or other flammable liquids, the vapors will dissipate before reaching the 18" mark. Look at all GAS water heaters and you will see that they are all installed on 18" minimum platforms.

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    Re: Electrical Outlet Height /Garage

    Somewhere in the mechanical code there is a phrase "no arcing devices below 18 in." This eliminates an electric water heater, that has a thermostat at 12 in., from floor mounting.

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