I don't see this as a requirement, but recommended. My phone has an
DC adapter to power the speakerphone and built-in answering machine.
Never heard anyone say, "There are too many electrical outlets in this
No. There is virtually NO code for residential phone wiring.
It is almost rare that the ONLY cord a phone line-using device is the "base"
cord. Many devices that plug into a telephone outlet (jack) also require an
AC power supply, hence the value of placing the phone jack near an AC outlet.
Sort of. Phone jack has to be within 6 feet of an outlet unless it is
in a wall space that is less than 2 feet in width. NEC 2005 210.52(A)(1).
Except the NEC doesn't mention telephone jacks. Same code section
would require a thumbtack in the wall to be within 6 feet of an outlet.
Thanks for the replies. I thought I would clear up a few things.
First, as far as the modem needing an outlet. I DO have outlets in the
room. In fact, the wall in question has one in the middle. But, I need
about 4 or 5 feet from that instead of 3 (I'll explain later). Anyway,
in this scenario, the modem would be on the ajacent wall, which would
have an outlet within 6 feet. I think it is possible to get a 6 foot
One thing I thought of is that wall separates the garage from house.
He said something about a "firewall" and so I am not sure if that has
anything to do with it. Also, he now just does commercial jobs, but
said he would do this since it seemed straightforward and he had some
time. So not sure if commercial is different from residential.
However, he did do residential for years before quitting it recently
(like everyone else I called!!!!!!!) so he should know the difference.
It is odd because I think he did say NEC "recommended" the 3 foot
thing, so I can't understand his insistence on it. And, he comes
extremely well recommended. But you all agree that this isn't even in
Still confused. But, hey at least some had a nice nostalgia trip with
talk of their princess phones :)
- However, he did do residential for years before quitting it
- (like everyone else I called!!!!!!!) so he should know the
Once again, I think you are giving him credit where credit is not
warranted. Earlier, you gave him credit for mentioning the NEC when it
wasn't applicable to the situation. Now you're assuming he knows the
difference between residential codes and commercial codes simply
because he did residential work for years. Who's to say that he knew
the codes back then? Who's to say that he didn't bomb out of
residential work due to his lack of knowledge/talent?
Ask yourself this: Why does he have time off from commercial work
right now? If, as you say, everyone is moving from residential to
commercial work, can one assume that there is a ton of commercial work
to be had? Why is this guy available for "straightforward" jobs, all
the while spouting code requirements that everyone says are wrong?
Have you gotten 3 quotes/opinions or are you running with the first
guy you spoke with?
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