Originally Posted By: pabernathy
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Basically the NEC does not directly address this issue as in many cases the rule is any space 2 feet or more has to have recept.
Now placing a recept on either side of a fireplace is common and usualy because of the firebox and trim out you have a proper clearance....this generally falls under the 6" clearance from combus. items near the fireplace....
But as for the recept itself....it simply can't be in a place that is subject to physical damage....and being too close to the box could cause this....but as a ruling i do not believe the NEC addresses this...other than protection and so on from physcal damage.
Also it is important to note that in the NEC it refers to recepts. not bein gover baseboards in a FPN...as most manufactures will express the mandate to not have a recept over the baseboard heating unit in their instructions and we know that if the manufacturer calls for something that it takes priority in the ruling.
P.S. I should add to this that in many cases the recept. located on the end of a baseboard unit can count as the required recept. in the ruling as it applied to 210.52.....so keep that in mind.....also it CAN'T be on the baseboard circuit itself....it needs to be part of the actual room circuit to comply and counted in the 210.52 application.
Hope that helps....I do hear alot that people say no recepts can be above a baseboard....but other than adoptions by local rulings it is pretty much standardized by the manufactures and not the NEC which refers to it in both 210 and 424 articles as a footnote refering to the manufacturers instructions for the baseboard unit...
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