The Minimum Height of a Wall Outlet

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The minimum height of a wall outlet will vary depending on if your floor is unfinished. Find out about the minimum height of a wall outlet with help from a foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hello, everyone. I'm Joshua Clement, and I'm going to talk to you about the minimum height for your wall outlets. You want to make sure that you are always measuring from the same exact point. Whether it be a finished floor or a regular unfinished floor. The only reason that you want to make sure that they're the same height is for aesthetic purposes. A lot of times in new construction we don't use a tape measure. What we use is a hammer and we just go and set the hammer on the floor and go to the end of the hammer. And that is roughly 16 inches. And we do that throughout the entire house that way we know that they're all the same exact height. Dong it this way we can make sure that all the outlets are the same exact height except for where they go in around the cabinets, in the bathroom, or the kitchen area. For that it's just really up to your discretion whether you want them higher or lower in the middle of the cabinets. There's no exact code in the nation for running the outlets to a certain height. All there is is just a contractors code which is we run it to the top of a hammer. Now you might want to check your local laws in your state to make sure that they don't have anything that regulates the height of an outlet. It's important to make sure that your outlets are the same height that way they aren't uneven as you walk through the room. Thank you all for watching and good luck with this project.


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