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Electrical Outlet placement for modified peninsula/island

Question asked by delbart40 on Sep 6, 2019
Latest reply on Sep 13, 2019 by chiefns830

Hoping to get some input on electrical outlet placement on what was a raised bar peninsula that has been modified to a single level island. Pictures below are a snapshot of the electrical blueprint when the house was built back in 2000 and a cleaned up version to better see the information (ceiling puck lighting sort of mucking things up, visually).


An electrician and helper (?) were hired back in 2017 (reputable company) to do some electrical work in the house-part of which was handling the electric in this modified peninsula/island. The problems at hand (as I can see) are:


A)The placement of the 2 outlets along the back of the island were moved up underneath the overhang, which is 12 inches. Per 210.52(C) Countertops. In kitchens, pantires, breakfast rooms, dining rooms, and similar areas of dwelling units, receptacle outlets for countertop spaces shall be installed in accordance with 210.52(C)(1) through (C)(5)

*Exception to (5): To comply with the conditions specified in (1) or (2), receptacle outlets shall be permitted to be mounted not more than 300 mm (12 in.) below the countertop. Receptacles mounted below a countertop in accordance with this exception shall not be located where the countertop extends more than 150 mm (6 in.) beyond its support base.
(1) Construction for the physically impaired.
(2) On island and peninsular countertops where the countertop is flat across its entire surface (no backsplashes, dividers, etc.) and there are no means to mount a receptacle within 500 mm (20 in.) above the countertop, such as an overhead cabinet.


If these 2 outlets along the back of the island (which were originally closer to the floor) do not serve the countertop, can they be left anywhere along that side? Directly underneath the overhang or even more than 12 inches below and more than 6 inches from the supporting base? There are still 2 other outlets that are placed on each side of the island that will serve the countertop (both GFCI), overhang of about 1 1/2 inches and about 3 inches below that overhang.


B) The "recovery" of the missing outlet that the electrician somehow eliminated. If that can be recovered, can it be placed inside the cabinet adjacent to the dishwasher (there's a good amount of space due to the "L" shape of the island)? Providing, of course, that it's no more than 12 inches below the countertop and 6 inches from support base-overhang 1 1/2 inches.  


C) Does this structure count as wall space and therefore would need to meet the requirements of outlets for the island serving the countertop AND as a room divider? I'm guessing that's why those outlets there originally weren't higher up. Because possibly they serve as wall space outlets due to the fact that the living room and breakfast nook are adjacent to this structure. When this occurs, is the non-kitchen side wall space for that room? This is as described by 210.52(A)(2)(3). So the wall-spacing at 210.52(A)(1) would apply? Also, those outlets along the backside are GFCI and on the same circuit as the kitchen GFCI. Not sure why they are considering that they serve the adjoining rooms and not the kitchen.


Originally, in case it's not clear from the diagrams, there were 3 outlets, all in a 6 inch raised backsplash serving the countertop along the same side as the sink, as well as the garbage disposal switch. The switch is now going to be placed under the sink-not sure if there is any particular place it needs to go? The sink is a 60 inch double drainboard cast iron monster (supported not just with base cabinets but iron supports going to the floor). There will be no door underneath the sink, instead there will be a curtain covering the opening.  Is there a code rule to follow if there is not a cabinet door under the sink where electrical will reside (garbage disposal single dedicated outlet and the switch)?


ANY help at all here would be SO appreciated! The "field supervisor" from the electric company I hired had not even heard of the "no more than 12 inches below and 6 inches from support base" rule. He said he's never seen anyone put outlets on the other side of their island.