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  # 1810757 3-Jul-2017 10:38
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I put a breakfast bar in our kitchen reno.  Damned annoyance that there's a nog in the wall in exactly the wrong place - so the sockets are sitting way too high on the wall above the nog - and are annoying me because they don't look right.  I couldn't easily put the flush boxes under the nog, as the face plates would be a few mm below bench height.  They can sit where they are for the time being, stage two of the project I'm about to start is to re-line and re-shelve the walk-in pantry.  I'm going to put the ugly 230v gadgets. microwave, blender thing, toaster etc in there - out of sight, and I'll probably find that I don't need many or any power outlets on the breakfast bar above bench level, so will remove them or shift them under the bench - or perhaps get one of those popups.  Will need to patch and paint the holes where the sockets were - it's all time.


It's a curse with renos IMO - making compromises to get the right combination of form and function.  Seems to result in having to do some jobs twice before I'm happy.

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  # 1812611 4-Jul-2017 14:36
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For what it's worth, we regularly spec power points on the underside of the benchtop if there is an overhang. Or on the vertical face of the joinery under the benchtop (if the top isn't thick enough). It keeps them hidden, but easy enough to utilise when needed. Just gotta allow a bit of extra depth for them. You can use the cheapest low profile switches you want too as they're hidden from view.


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  # 1812671 4-Jul-2017 16:11
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A kitchen is the last place I would want that since most appliances are 10A give or take, so the cable from one that has no overload on it could take a massive overload and have no protection at all.



Is that any worse than a 2 outlet wall plate? 



Yes, because the 2 outlet wall plate will let you take 10A per side with no problems if it is on a 20A circuit.



Oh I see the pop up is only 10A. That is silly.


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