On Sun, 22 Apr 2007 00:35:03 -0400 email@example.com wrote: | On 22 Apr 2007 00:48:47 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: | |>It would also help to require sufficient extra outlets in bedrooms so that |>the ones that do get covered up by furniture won't matter because at least |>one other nearby will be available. How about a duplex every 2 feet? | | | This is a design issue. If the designer can identify the likely bed | locations they can place the outlets properly for the night stands. In | my bedroom remodel this ended up being 4 quads and two 4 way switch | loops with switches at 3 locations for the overhead and one switched | receptacle in each quad. Most builders hitting a price point will not | do this. | In the quads that ended up being away from the bed location I swapped | a duples for one of those green nightlights.
I also think it is a code issue. The code writers _are_ legitimately concerned with safety, including those aspects that result in fires due to damage in cords plugged into outlets. That's one justification for AFCI requirements. Closer outlet spacing, especially in bedrooms, would also further the cause of greater safety.
Of course it is my intent to design a house with much better electrical wiring along the lines of my own desires. This will include more outlets than the code requires, including the previously mentioned extras in the bedrooms and other rooms where furniture may concentrate (all outlets may still be covered, but at least some will end up being behind light weight furniture, instead of behind a bookcase full of books). I don't know that I need quads in the bedrooms, given the extra outlets. But a few other places definitely will have them.
My kitchen pattern will be a little more complex. Each point will have2x duplex 5-15R, 1x single 5-20R, 1x single 6-20R. The singles will be each on their own dedicated circuit. The duplexes will be on 2 circuits but will share the circuit with the outlet point 2 or 3 points down for a total of 4 or 6 circuits. My father knows an electritician who went to the extreme of every duplex on its own dedicated shared neutral in the kitchen. But I figure if I need more than the 4 to 6 multi-outlet circuits plus all the single-outlet dedicated circuits, I have other issues to worry about (like how to dump all the heat).
I'd like to do this in the kitchen:it would more likely have to be: these might be done with a 3 pole breaker for the right duplex: And no 3-way/4-way switches for me. Momentary up/down switches controlling relays (machnically latching in some cases, electrically held on in others) is my current plan at least for multi-point controlled lights and maybe a few others.