What's Wrong Here?

What’s Wrong Here? Hint: A Retro Receptacle Installation

Feb. 22, 2024
Think you know how this installation violates the NEC?

Hint: A retro receptacle installation

Renovating this kitchen provided me a photo opportunity before all the cabinets and countertops were ripped out. That entire countertop between the sink and the range only had one receptacle outlet installed. I’m not sure when this apartment building was constructed, but the 2023 Code requires more than just one receptacle outlet here. Section 210.52(C)(1) requires countertop receptacle outlets to be installed so no point along the wall line is more than 2 ft horizontally from a receptacle outlet in that space.

If we started measuring from the sink, a receptacle outlet would be needed within 2 ft to the right side of the sink, approximately where the garbage disposal switch is installed on the wall. If we measure from the range, a receptacle outlet would be needed within 2 ft to the left side of the range. Another countertop receptacle outlet would need to be installed for the wall space between those two receptacle outlets only if the space between those two receptacle outlets was greater than 4 ft. Depending on the exact placement of the receptacle outlets and the length of the countertop, two receptacle outlets may be enough, but I’m thinking three might be needed here. One receptacle outlet is definitely not enough.

About the Author

Russ LeBlanc | Owner

Russ started in the electrical trade as an apprentice in 1985. He worked his way up to become a Journeyman Electrician and then eventually became a Master Electrician and Licensed Construction Supervisor. In 1999 Russ become an Electrical Instructor for The Peterson School of Engineering in Massachusetts where he developed his passion for teaching, and quickly became Department Head of Electrical Instruction. Russ has taught thousands of apprentices, electricians, engineers, inspectors, and other electrical professionals during his career as an instructor. He continues to provide electrical professionals with Electrical Code seminars, Arc-Flash Awareness training seminars and educational material through his LeBlanc Consulting Services in North Reading, MA whose specialty is educating electricians. He has been an active member of the NFPA Electrical Section and has authored hundreds of National Electrical Code proposals and comments which have become Code rules to improve the safety for the electrical industry. Russ is also an IAEI certified Electrical Inspector.

Please visit www.russleblanc.net for more information.

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