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    Default Heated Storage: How many elec outlets? Colorado NEC 2011

    Newbie here:

    We're finishing heated storage in the basement in CO. I understand CO uses the 2011 National Elec. Code.

    I've heard that the code calls for an outlet every 6' along all walls. We would like to finish the electrical so at a later date it could be converted to "supplemental housing/living space" without having to re-do the electrical.

    Good idea to plan on every six feet?

    Thanks in advance, wep

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    Not every 6 feet, but no wall space can be more than 6 feet from a receptacle. That means a receptacle with 6 feet of a door or opening and then every 12 feet along the wall. That way if you put something in the center of two receptacles it will be 6 feet away. Those are minimums. You can add more any place you want.
    Operation Overlord.

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    Thanks so much for your response. Got it. Would it be code that we also use 'temper proof/resistant' receptacles?

    Thanks, wep

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    You can always us TR receptacles. They weren't mandatory until the 2014 code. You may want to run a new or dedicated circuit for the basement outlets depending on the square footage of the area. A 15A circuit should cover no more than 600 sq ft and a 20A cover no more than 800. If you're using an existing circuit, you need to make sure you're not exceeding the floor area. If this storage area is larger than 800 sq ft, then you'll need more than one circuit. Also think about the future when you convert it to living space. Some areas need dedicated circuits -- laundry area receptacles, bathroom circuits (20A for receptacles), kitchen/dining area must be 20A receptacle circuits with no lights and you must have at least 2 of them. Kitchen counter outlet spacing reduces to 4' between receptacles and no more than 2' from an edge or counter end.
    Mark
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    I think new code would also require AFCI and temper resistant when this becomes living space.
    Operation Overlord.

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