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    outlet receptacle distance from WALL?

    Is there a maximum distance an outlet box must be placed away from a wall? I'm not talking height here, but distance from a wall (horizontally).

    Aesthetics aside, I'm curious about the code.

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    Re: outlet receptacle distance from WALL?

    A floor receptacle can be in any location in the floor. If the floor receptacle is being installed to meet the wall measurement for 210.52, then the floor receptacle can be no more than 18 inches from the wall.

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    Re: outlet receptacle distance from WALL?

    Don't know that I'm following you. The minimum distance around walls for general purpose residential receptacles generally starts at 6 feet from a door then every twelve feet around the room. This is based on the fact that all lamps and other devices such as TV's have 6 foot cords so with a 12 foot spacing everything should reach without extension cords.

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    Re: outlet receptacle distance from WALL?

    bega,

    you can start from the first stud on the wall or up to 6' from there.

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    Re: outlet receptacle distance from WALL?

    Anyone notice this is his first post and he listed computers as line of work.
    Tampa Florida

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    Re: outlet receptacle distance from WALL?

    Don't know that I'm following you.
    Sorry I'm not more clear. I want a wall outlet right near the corner of a room...when all is said and done, the BOX would be 1.5 inches away from a FINISHED wall. I have my reasons for this, but my electrician is telling me "that's against the National Code". He couldn't give me a "number of inches away it has to be, so...it sounded suspicious to me...so I'm digging around.

    Everything else is good...I have plenty of outlets so the 12' rule is no problem.

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    Re: outlet receptacle distance from WALL?

    the BOX would be 1.5 inches away from a FINISHED wall
    It could be right against the finished wall as long as you could get the plate on.
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    All responses based on the 2011 NEC unless otherwise noted

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    Re: outlet receptacle distance from WALL?

    [quote]Originally posted by bega:
    D...it sounded suspicious to me...so I'm digging around.
    This sounds suspiciously like a DIY question.
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    Re: outlet receptacle distance from WALL?

    Thanks for the answer.
    This sounds suspiciously like a DIY question.
    Well, if I can't convince my guy to do this for me, it may turn into that. I build webpages for a living. I know a little bit about electricity. I'm sure I could do this myself, but I've seen enough DIY websites to know that I'm no electrician. I hope that makes sense.

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    Re: outlet receptacle distance from WALL?

    I am having a problem in believing any electrician would tell you this is a violation,for the record it is not a violation.Rather unusual and perhaps he has some reason your not stating as to why he wont do this.Simply hire another electrician and do what your qualified for.
    Tampa Florida

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