Can anybody tell me why the receptacle for my sump pump in mounted to
a floor joist ? The cord reaches and the only the friction of the
conductors holds it there, but is there a code reason for mounting it
there. Wouldn’t a more cosmetic place to mount it be 12-16" up from
the floor near the pump ?
That would require conduit per Code--exposed romex would not pass.
For OP, somebody else also noted the advantage of keeping the connection
high, but if it flooded that deep it would have gotten a lot of other
electrical connections long before then, anyway I'd reckon... :)
I'd say the ease factor was probably controlling as to the "why".
You could reorient it so the plug isn't hanging vertically or use a tie
wrap to make sure it doesn't come out as the simplest cure. Or, switch
the outlet and plug to a twistlock design for a little more upscale
A run of conduit to an outlet close by on the wall wouldn't be bad, but
unless they have cord hanging across some area that's a sifnificant
nuisance doesn't seem like any compelling reason to move it down the wall.
Here, where the code is quite strict, allows romex to be installed on the
surface of the basement wall from the ceiling to a point 48" above the floor
where a plug or switch is normally installed. Any permanent wiring below
this is required in armored cable or conduit.
What about the furnace and/or air handler? Are they not allowed in
the basement in flood areas?
Codes can vary by region. I do know that in some places, the street level
portion is 8' high and can have nothing mechanical or electrical mounted in
it. The portion is essentially a big storage area because they don't care
if you "stuff" gets soaked. Furnace is in the space above, as is everything
Other coastal towns have the house on pilings so water can freely flow
below. Think of it as a slab house, just raised up.
I have friends whose parents bought coastal houses in Tuckerton, NJ in the
1950's and 60's. Most every house has since been raised at least 4' above
street level. Flooding is very common there.
I have a friend in Forked River, NJ and he put a big addition on his
slab house a few years ago.
Slabs are no longer allowed. He had to have telephone poles driven
down into the sand until they hit solid dirt. Then the addition was
built on top of the poles. I think it is up about 2' with 'blowout'
doors around the crawl space. The theory is if the water comes up the
doors will allow water to flow through the crawl space.
Have a customer who I kinda beat up about a 30 foot extension cord
across a room.
novel fix they put a outlet in the cieling with a twist lock plug.
I must admit I had no idea where the machine plugged in till a
maintence guy showed me.
so twist lock plug and outlet is another solution
If I mount a box on the wall to and re-use the single receptacle
there, that leaves an open box on the ceiling. Can I mount a ceramic
pull chain fixture there and still be with in code. Would it be
terribly wrong ?
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