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electrical in-floor outlet in bedroom..

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dennis min

11-23-2013 13:28:07
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All,

Is there a better in-floor outlet cover/box for 120 volt 20a receptacle?

I am looking to install on in a carpeted room, for our desk, but the room is actually a bedroom.

We have AFCI protection from the panelboard for the circuit I am planning to use.

Thanks in advance,

D.




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mick in il.

11-24-2013 05:30:48
99.152.36.143



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 Re: electrical in-floor outlet in bedroom.. in reply to dennis min, 11-23-2013 13:28:07  
I've used the heavy metal ones then spray painted them, then on a couple occasions building inspectors wanted a child proof cover, so I used exterior waterproof covers. It looked strange but it passes inspection.



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David G

11-23-2013 19:35:34
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 Re: electrical in-floor outlet in bedroom.. in reply to dennis min, 11-23-2013 13:28:07  
RACO has some nice products for this. I have one in my living room.



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dr sportster

11-23-2013 16:02:41
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 Re: electrical in-floor outlet in bedroom.. in reply to dennis min, 11-23-2013 13:28:07  
I don't really recommend it but it is legal by code. You need the commercial brass one that is in the Home Depot link .Not a receptacle in a standard box with kiddie covers . The brass closed off one. I have refused this job but only because a dummy decorator wanted it in the middle of the room for a desk lamp-persian rug ."oh.no you can't cut the rug" . Then push the desk to the wall." Oh no the desk has to be in the middle" . Get somebody else. But in rich dude homes the brass ones are used all the time. The other wall receptacle in floor NG --a chair leg will go through it and start sparks like someone has posted.

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David G

11-23-2013 16:00:15
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 Re: electrical in-floor outlet in bedroom.. in reply to dennis min, 11-23-2013 13:28:07  
You can get brass covers, hold up real well.



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Dave Sherburne NY

11-23-2013 15:24:55
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 Re: electrical in-floor outlet in bedroom.. in reply to dennis min, 11-23-2013 13:28:07  
I think I would find some Wiremold and some boxes, available at HDepot and Lowes



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State of Jefferson

11-23-2013 15:14:39
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 Re: electrical in-floor outlet in bedroom.. in reply to dennis min, 11-23-2013 13:28:07  
A quick search revealed...

Ben



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wile E

11-23-2013 14:53:56
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 Re: electrical in-floor outlet in bedroom.. in reply to dennis min, 11-23-2013 13:28:07  
If it were me I would run a piece of conduit 12" up the wall and mount it that way. If you are really sure you want an in floor duplex recepticle then check with your local electrical code inspector. I have never seen an in floor one, ever.



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massey333

11-24-2013 12:34:07
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 Re: electrical in-floor outlet in bedroom.. in reply to wile E, 11-23-2013 14:53:56  
You have never been in a older house where you have no acess to a wall because of being a solid brick one then.99.9%of them have all in the floor.



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PJH

11-23-2013 17:02:10
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 Re: electrical in-floor outlet in bedroom.. in reply to wile E, 11-23-2013 14:53:56  
Lots of churches have receptacles in the floor, especially around the pulpit area. The old churches used the common two prong ungrounded receptacle just like you'd install in a wall in 1940. Modern churches have nice flip-up boxes that look pretty slick. Look pretty pricey, too.



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dennis min

11-23-2013 15:20:19
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 Re: electrical in-floor outlet in bedroom.. in reply to wile E, 11-23-2013 14:53:56  
Wile e,

That's remarkable in my experiences. I was coerced into putting a receptacle in the floor of a living room that abutted a stairs.

That coercion was of the way of an inspector of the state board of electricity.

I was looking for something substantial, seeing as the room was never used as a bedroom, and a large desk precludes the use of a wall outlet.

D.



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Ken-Pa

11-23-2013 14:20:39
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 Re: electrical in-floor outlet in bedroom.. in reply to dennis min, 11-23-2013 13:28:07  
It would be a good idea to check with a reputable electrical supplier concerning code ruling on this issue . When I was doing electric contracting , in floor recepts were not allowed in residental applications . But were ok in a commercial job . But only with a special type of a duplex both & cover that made the duplex sit about 3" above the floor & on a 45* angle . If it was me , I'd remove the existing recept , secure the hole with a piece of wood & then put a new duplex in the wall .It would save a lot of hassel & expense . Your insurance co would be happy also . Once I was called in a small fire damage issue in a house . Here the house had old wiring issues with almost every room with floor receptacles . The resident had set a chair ontop of a recept & sat down . The leg of the chair with the persons weight , broke the cover & pushed the recept further into the shallow metal box causing sparks & small fire . They thaqnkfully pulled the correct fuse & stopped further damage . I was able to secure the contract for a new updated service & new wall recepts in every room .So, you need to look at your future investment & family safety . God bless , Ken

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da.bees

11-23-2013 16:10:44
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 Re: electrical in-floor outlet in bedroom.. in reply to Ken-Pa, 11-23-2013 14:20:39  
Commercial buildings have used floor recpticals for years. Go to the electrical supply house and let them fix you up.



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IH2444

11-23-2013 13:38:25
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 Re: electrical in-floor outlet in bedroom.. in reply to Hanky, 11-23-2013 13:28:07  
Yes they are out there one worth having will cost over $20 though.



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