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Need help on kitchen island outlet code requirement

Posted by dealstep (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 4, 13 at 22:18


We would like to install a new kitchan island in our kitchen (currently have none) and have couple questions:

1) We live in Austin, TX. Does a kitchen island need to have an outlet? We are currently looking at 36" x 24" for the size of the island.

2) If an outlet is required, is there any easy way to install the outlet? Do we need to run it through the ground? We're wondering if there's any way to do it without breaking our recently installed tile.

Will appreciate any inputs provided... thanks!

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RE: Need help on kitchen island outlet code requirement

Yes, an electrical outlet is required for islands. If you are on slab, then only good way is to trench the slab for the wire.

However, an outlet isn't required for a mobile cart. 24"x36" is small for an island, but perfect for a cart. Don't forget that you need a minimum of 36" all the way around it for proper clearances for an island as well. For a cart, because it's mobile, it can shift back and forth to give you more clearance as needed.

RE: Need help on kitchen island outlet code requirement

I just purchased a Boos kitchen cart via Craig's list and it is great to be able to move it around. They have all sizes of carts.
It does have an outlet strip under the 5 inch butcher block top which gives even more options.
If you stay with the island - you can also go with Mocket sockets - they pop up to use. (Not sure I spelled it correctly)

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