What do you (or the Code) mean by "finishing?"
I lined our previously unlined furnace/utility room. One long wall is
almost all floor-to-ceiling shelving; so no place to put an outlet. One
short wall has the water heater so close to it that there's no point in
having an outlet there.
I put six outlets above the workbench. That's four more outlets than
there ever were before.
BTW, I recall that when our old farmhouse in UK was wired for 240V AC
(we'd had 32V DC previously), the electrician's original plan was to put
one outlet on a landing to serve three bedrooms! I eventually persuaded
him (and my parents) to put one in each bedroom.
No, it would be considered unfinished, so the current nec would only require
one gfci protected outlet in it. If you called the same room, a play room,
it would be considered by nec to be habitable, and require outlets to be
installed by the six foot rule, but not necessarily gfci protected, and
possibly afci protected
This is only a minimum.
When I remodeled my basement, I put a fourplex outlet every 16". I don't
like extension cords.
"I don't really have a replacement career, it's a very gnawing thing."
Now you have gotten the official requirement lets talk about reality.
You should have an outlet every 4 to 6 feet. That way you will have
an outlet wherever you need one. And there will be one that isn't
hidden behind something you would rather not have to move.
Agreed. Outlets and wire are cheap, and while the walls are open, it is
silly to not put in as many as you think you ever might possibly need.
Don't forget the high-placement outlets near where workbench or desk
will be, and consider doing double-gang outlet boxes anyplace there will
be a lot of things plugged in, like computer or entertainment
center/game console area. If the room is big and walls will be crowded,
a few ceiling outlets here and there are nice, for plugging in drop
lights and vacuum cleaners and such.
I followed the '6 ft' rule when I built and addition and rehabbed the
entire house. Nowhere near enough. Another mistake I made was
putting them near the floor. Every outlet in the house except a few
is now behind something and some are even inaccessable at all due to
Make them fit the rule and then greatly increase it.
When we had to rebuild a house a few years back I swear the inspector was
looking for them every six feet.
I know for a fact the electrician had to come back and add one to satisfy
the inspector. The 14 x 14 rooms have 2 on each wall.
I would not want any less. If I build again that will be my specs whether
it is code or not.
By definition, you _have_ to have two on each wall to meet the 6'
The 6' rule is no longer enough outlets in today's world, you need
more especially around any enterainment or computer center.
My mother used to plug an extension cord in before she put something
big against the wall. The other end was where she could get at it.
But she bought houses with wiring in already. If she were putting in
outlets, the more the better.
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