Can a receptacle be behind a door?

Can a receptacle be behind a door?

When determining receptacle outlet spacing requirements in a home, the National Electrical Code (NEC) does not exclude a portion of wall behind a door swing. It's okay as long as the distance between a receptacle and the edge of the door jamb is less than six feet. If there's no door frame to attach the wiring to, then the wiring needs to be routed into the wall with the proper clearance from other objects.

The NEC requires that all outlets have ground wires connected to them. If a receptacle is located in an area where someone could be tempted to use it as a ground, such as inside a closet or bathroom, then it should have a ground wire attached to it. This prevents electric shock if water gets into the hole where the plug screws into the wall.

Receptacles are required by code to have protective devices installed on their hot terminals. These can be any one of several things, including molded-case breakers, fused circuit breakers, or ground-fault interrupters. If a receptacle is replaced by another type of device without a protective element installed, such as a switch, then it should be reinforced with a metal plate that serves as both a ground and a live terminal.

In addition to protecting people from electrical hazards, receptacles also need to be protected from animals and children.

How close can an electrical outlet be to a door?

The National Electrical Code requires that an electrical outlet be placed no more than 6 feet from a door. This means that if you have any wall space between you and the next room, you should be able to fit an electrical outlet there.

If you need an electrical outlet by a door for some kind of appliance such as a vacuum cleaner or air compressor, you must install a special outlet called a "door-mounted accessory" outlet. These can be found in the electrical supply house where they are kept in a box marked with a blue dot symbol. You will also see them listed on a list with other required equipment for any room that has doors that open into a shared hall.

Door-mounted outlets are usually installed near the floor so that anything that falls off its hook cannot knock it over. The outlet itself is about 1-1/2 inches wide by 3-4 inches long. It fits into a cutout hole in the wall about 1-1/2 inches wide by 3-4 inches high. Do not use a standard outlet instead; these cannot handle the load of a door-mounted accessory device.

Do not install electrical outlets anywhere else in your home except in a wiring closet or auxiliary circuit panel.

Can a subpanel go behind a door?

A panel may not be located behind the swing of a door. A door cannot swing into the required working clearance space of an electrical panel. It's not written out that way in the electrical code, but is understood as a matter of experience and common sense. If you did install it anyway, you could cause damage to your home or injury to yourself.

The only time this would make sense is if you were installing a new panel and wanted the subpanel to be accessible from the outside. In this case, you would need to extend the wiring to the subpanel so it can be connected up correctly.

It's best to leave panels in place where possible. But if you do need to move them, first check that this isn't required by any other part of the house plan. If it is, then use blocking or insulation material to prevent any voltage from being exposed when moving the panel.

Finally, measure twice before you cut once. Make sure you have enough space to safely mount and work with the panel.

Is a receptacle required in a bedroom with a 3 ft wall space behind the door?

A receptacle outlet must be situated so that no point along the wall space is more than 6 feet away from the receptacle outlet, measured horizontally along the floor line. (1) any space 2 feet or more broad that is not interrupted along the floor line by entrances, fireplaces, or other similar openings. (2) any closet less than 4 feet wide.

If you are unsure whether your room meets this requirement, contact an electrician before you install any outlets.

How big does a hallway have to be to have a receptacle outlet?

The normal receptacle-placement restrictions in 210.52 do not apply to hallways (A). In corridors, installing receptacles so that no point is more than six feet (1.8 m) from a receptacle outlet is not needed. In residential units, hallways of 10 feet (3 meters) or more must contain at least one receptacle outlet. Otherwise, all plug loads in the unit will have to be plugged into a single wall outlet.

You can install receptacles in your hallway if you would like more convenient places to plug in your appliances. If your hallway is less than 10 feet (3 meters), it can be left empty.

Do not install additional outlets unless there is space for them. Installing extra outlets increases the risk of electrical problems arising from overload conditions. Other things such as water damage and changes in floor levels may also cause wiring to break. Any alteration to the internal structure of the building should be done by a qualified electrician.

Receptacles need to be accessible for people to connect their electricity. If you place them too high on a wall, you will need a step ladder or chair to reach them. You should also ensure that children cannot pull plugs out of walls either by themselves or with help from adults. Use protective coverings on all metal surfaces around water heaters, air conditioners, and other heavy appliances to prevent kids from putting fingers into these openings.

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