Electrical outlets for basement
rboyd2003
November 11, 2013 in Design Dilemma
We are planning a basement remodel and will install engineered hardwood over concrete. The furniture arrangement will be floating -- away from walls. What is the best way to handle providing electrical outlets for table/floor lamps located away from walls? Not sure how floor outlets are handled in basements. Thanks.
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yoboseiyo
are you doing the install, or are you having this done?
it is possible to put in floor outlets, but you probably want a professional to take care of that.

i'd be a little iffy on doing it myself.
November 11, 2013 at 9:25am   
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rboyd2003
We have a general contractor for the basement remodel.
November 11, 2013 at 9:41am   
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yoboseiyo
i'd talk the the contractor then. i'm sure they've heard of putting the outlets in the floors, and probably know someone who knows how to do it.
November 11, 2013 at 9:44am      Thanked by rboyd2003
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countbla
Any licenced electrician should know how to install these properly. Because of flooding risks in basements I would insist on putting these floor outlets on a gfci breaker.
November 11, 2013 at 9:00pm   
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Fred S
If you want hardwood flooring in your basement, which is a big risk due to concrete moisture anyway, I would not make the risk much greater by putting extra holes in the concrete floor. A GFCI does not really protect anything extra in a flood situation. A standard breaker will trip just fine. AFCI breakers are now required in the U.S. A GFCI detects an unbalanced load usually caused by something like a worn cord drug through a puddle. GFCI protection is usually accomplished at the outlet because it doesn't really provide any necessary protection for the circuit itself if installed properly. Circuit breakers and AFCI breakers are installed at the panel to protect the circuit. A floor outlet circuit breaker will be the first thing to trip if things get flooded. You could argue that even a second floor bedroom would gain some degree of safety with GFCI protected outlets, but a finished basement is no different than the second floor bedroom in this case.
November 12, 2013 at 2:56am     
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