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Old 01-02-2013, 12:47 PM   #1
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Default Floor Outlet

We're looking for a floor outlet that has a recessed plug and a cover plate with a slot for a cord that won't pinch the cord if a rug is put on top of it. It would be nice if the whole thing was flush with the floor so that when its not in use and we roll up the rug, we don't trip on it while dancing. Its been surprisingly difficult to find. Any suggestions?
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:01 PM   #2
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Nice idea for an invention, bg.

We have five floor outlets in our house and they are all bumped out. We have a rug and furniture on top of the four in Jason's office and don't use them at all. The one in the family room is under a sofa table and we use it for lamps, but it really limits the arrangement of furniture in that room.
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:36 PM   #3
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The only way to really make it work well is find something made for a datacenter or industrial environment and so some carpentry/masonry to adapt it.

Put a few in the house I built and the "residential" ones were utter crap.
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:17 PM   #4
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This is a possibility:

http://news.thomasnet.com/fullstory/...ptacles-497574

I can't tell if this one is truly flush:

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Old 01-02-2013, 07:09 PM   #5
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That second could easy be made recessed if you are mounting into wood----router/cut out the floor to a depth to allow the box to inset properly. Could be done in other material as well if you are willing to do the chiseling.

---------- Post added at 05:09 PM ---------- Previous post was at 05:05 PM ----------

Tell me a little more about what the floor/subfloor is made of and I can probably advise
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I appreciate that rryan. There are two layers of subfloor. The first is half inch flake board that after I pitched a fit over its inferior quality, was topped with half inch particle board. The flooring on top of that is tongue and groove laminate (another half inch thick). I have a floor plug already so the wiring is not a big deal and will probably link a second box to another location about 10 feet away when I start this project.

At this point I'm thoroughly disgusted with what I'm seeing available. I have a machinist friend that I could get to manufacturer a plate for me. I'm thinking I'll need a box with a collar to set with the outlet box and provide a lip for the plate to rest on. It doesn't have to be complicated and as long as the hole for the wires is off set from the outlet and I can set the wiring up with a drip loop just in case. I may even design into the collar a key hole with a bar to hold the wires down to form the loop. The wire hole should be fine to use as an access lift for reaching the outlet and the plate itself would rest on the collar. Is that clear as mud? Its just silly that everything I've found is so dang complicated. I swear there are just not enough women engineers in the world!
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:53 AM   #7
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That should work, and yes. these things are way overcomplicated.

At least of the ones I installed (that I can remember) i got so aggravated with the soft aluminum stripping out and bending that I just put regular outlets in.

Also, if you don't know this already, avoid the new child safe outlets wherever possible. Installed over 50 of them and by the time we moved out had replaced 90% of them due to breakage.
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Thanks rryan! My little mind wheels are turning now. I'll have to get something on paper to finalize the plan. I sure would like to get this project done, I'm tired of dealing with the right hand plug under the carpet LOL
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No slot however,


There are a bunch of style but because of the plug size it is rare to see one where the plug is recessed. There might be an electrical code or something.
http://www.google.com/search?num=10&....kkkDdI8cWh I

Unless you use something like this for a conference table or raised computer floor but it is large.

http://www.fsrinc.com/products/fl-540p.htm


http://ecmweb.com/products/ballroom-floor-box



http://www.floorboxsystems.com/concretefloorbox.html
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Thanks for helping with the search Pote. It seems like such a simple thing would be easy to find. The ones that meet the need are cold and industrial. All we want is a deep outlet to accomodate plugs with nice looking, flat, flush plate cover slotted for cords so they don't get pinched if you put a carpet over them. How hard can that be?
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Thanks for helping with the search Pote. It seems like such a simple thing would be easy to find. The ones that meet the need are cold and industrial. All we want is a deep outlet to accomodate plugs with nice looking, flat, flush plate cover slotted for cords so they don't get pinched if you put a carpet over them. How hard can that be?
I have never seen one in residential dressing.

Good luck. May you should call an electrical supply house.

Sometimes Fine Homebuilding magazine has ads for companies which sell unique products.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:55 AM   #13
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That Raco one is definitely closer to what I envision MH. Thanks!
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Check out this website. Many different styles to choose from http://www.lewelectric.com/residential/
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