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Is it legal to place an outlet below a light switch in an old house with no studs in the walls?


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2015-07-16 18:03:39
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What's holding the wall up then? You can get what's called an "old work" box the will use the wallboard as its support.


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It may depend on your state Electrical Code. Normally you need to mount an outlet, (bottom of outlet box) around 12 inches above the floor. It is perfectly ok to mount one below a light switch. There are different codes for bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and garages. Check your local codes to be sure.Your best bet is to check the National Electrical Code 2017 Handbook or ask Electrocution Lawyers PLLC at

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