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Posted on book cases in front of outlets?

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#1 posted 09-22-2020 03:23 PM

Rather than enclosing the entire back, why not leave open the backs of the bottom shelf(s), so that the outlets are still exposed? No finicky marking and cutting an outlet opening in the back. And especially so if your bottom shelf(s) have doors.

If the shelves are structurally sound without securing them to the wall with a few screws, then I doubt it is a violation to have the shelves covering the outlets. Otherwise, securing that chest of drawers to a wall in a child’s room that just happens to cover an outlet would also be a violation, and they don’t want to be in a position of prohibiting solutions to a more serious safety problem.

But if you remove the baseboard behind the shelves, or worse, wrap the baseboard around the base of the shelves, that is a permanent installation, and would violate code if it blocked a junction box, outlets or not.

-- Andy - Arlington TX

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