Receptacle Access

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  1. DakarNick

    DakarNick Swabee

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    I'm building a rock climbing wall at a friend's gymnastics business on a drywalled stud wall.

    The plywood wall will cover a 120v duplex receptacle. Is there a code saying it needs to be uncovered or at least accessible?

    Thanks
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  2. VX Rider

    VX Rider Long timer

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    Logic tells me it should not be easily accessible. ...
    Put it behind a lockable panel in the wall...
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  3. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    I'd be inclined to remove the receptacle and insulate the exposed wire (or if it's in the middle of a string and removing the outlet breaks the chain, use wire nuts to complete the circuit), then install a solid metal cover.
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  4. SnoDrtRider

    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

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    There is a long standing rule that you cannot "Bury a Box" if there are connections within the box they need to remain accessible.
    If in doubt I would consult a local licensed electrician.
    I would at least consider putting in an access panel in the plywood over the outlet box.
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  5. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    The code also states junction boxes cannot be inaccessible. It’s probably in the bottom 12” so why not use an outside cover on to protect it.
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  6. VX Rider

    VX Rider Long timer

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    That 12' rule is residential....I think that rule doesn't apply to a climbing gym wall
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  7. DakarNick

    DakarNick Swabee

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    Thanks guys. No big deal to put an access panel around it. It is commercial space and it's the only receptacle along the 20' floor where the wall will be built.
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  8. the_gr8t_waldo

    the_gr8t_waldo Long timer

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    you, probably could get away with removing the recp. and capping the leads that connect the recp to the power wiring. then covering the box with a "blank cover"..just keep in mind you can't obstruct the removal of the cover( access to the wiring)
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