How far apart should electric receptacle outlets be placed in a garage?
Sunday, August 5, 2018
There is no spacing requirement. A minimum of one general purpose receptacle is required in a garage, in addition to any for specific equipment such as a garage door opener.
But the minimum requirement is not sufficient for most do-it-yourselfers, who line the walls of a two-car garage with power tools and hobby equipment, so we typically see builders providing one outlet on each side wall. The receptacles are required to be GFCI-type for shock protection. One of the garage receptacles will have a GFCI-device in the center—with the two buttons in the center for “TEST” and “RESET.” It will trip when a ground fault (current that has gone astray and my possibly be shocking you) happens at any of the other garage receptacles because they are also on the same circuit.
The GFCI-receptacle in the garage also sometimes protects any receptacles on the exterior walls of your home. So, if one of them goes dead, check to see if the garage GFCI needs to be reset.
Also, see our blog post Where are GFCI receptacle outlets required?
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