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I am doing the rough-in electrical in my bathroom gut. I want to put a few receptacles (outlets) above the vanity. Is there a standard height I should be installing the receptacle? I don't have a floor or a vanity yet so I can't just measure from the counter top.

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There are no set rules for the height of receptacles on walls or over counters, even in a bathroom. Good practice is to keep them at least 4 inches above a counter top or backsplash and not directly over a sink or under a window. You can install them where ever they look good to you, but try to keep them as far left or right of the faucet as practicable. Of course, a GFIC receptacle is required in bathrooms regardless of where you install it.

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According to NEC receptacles should be less than 18" (I think) above the counter, but this might only apply in kitchens (I don't remember). So 4" is probably good, just make sure they are in a convenient and safe location. – Tester101 Aug 25 '11 at 13:21

Your counter tops should be no more than 32-38 inches so just put them at about 4 feet that should be good enough. I am making an assumption here. Electrical work is not my specialty. I am sure that there is a standard height; however, if you are doing this yourself, I do not see why you cannot put them where you want.

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