Why are electrical outlets at shin height?
December 14, 2013 10:42 AM Subscribe
In my old, pre-1950s house, the outlets were in the baseboards. Today, that's against code. I've heard several reasons why: possibility of minor flooding; flammable vapors may settle near the floors; etc. But now that I know why they're not so very low anymore, my question is: why aren't they (usually) any higher than shin height? Why not eye-level? The stooping seems inconvenient enough that there must be some good practical reason to justify it.
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