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Old 11-02-2013, 10:14 AM   #1
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Has anyone ever asked for an electrical outlet be added to the top of the countertop? Humm, I really dislike dangling cords and my coffeemaker resides on the counter while camping. I was thinking of maybe one like is put on the outside...
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Has anyone ever asked for an electrical outlet be added to the top of the countertop? Humm, I really dislike dangling cords and my coffeemaker resides on the counter while camping. I was thinking of maybe one like is put on the outside...
Donna -- do you mean flush on the surface of the countertop? I would think that a potential problem would be the ease of water getting into it?
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I've replaced them in homes multiple times - they fill with crud, water when the counter is cleaned, etc. Eventually the homeowners ask to have them covered and replaced with undercounter receptacles. Not a good idea, although I do agree that cord can be a pain...
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Donna -- do you mean flush on the surface of the countertop? I would think that a potention problem would be the ease of water getting into it?
No, not necessarily flush... but an exterior outlet type kinda like this:
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No, not necessarily flush... but an exterior outlet type kinda like this:
Seems like that could work, as long as it had a ground fault interrupter type outlet in it. If it is in the outside wall I think the box would have to be inside.
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The problem is appliance cords cannot be longer than 2'. And, I really, really dislike extension cords. I'm just thinking out loud here. Since Escape mounts the countertop after the cabinet is put in, seems like that would be the time to cut the hole. Seems to me I remember seeing this type of thing in a mega-5th wheel....
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You could have one in the cabinet above the countertop with the receptacles facing downward. The box would protrude into the cabinet though.
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You could have one in the cabinet above the countertop with the receptacles facing downward. The box would protrude into the cabinet though.
I thought about that too. Wonder what the distance is between the countertop and the bottom of the upper cabinet? If it's more than 2', then it wouldn't work for me. Hummm
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Consider a flush floor mounting plug. i have seen them with covers that will possibly keep out the crud.
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I found a couple of interesting fixtures. Popup from the counter, specifically designed for kitchens, laboratories, medical offices; any place liquids could spill. It's also $127. Ouch.
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Then a powerstrip designed for the bottom of cabinets.
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