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The Kitchen Receptacle Time Machine

The year is 1927 and there was actually no need for kitchen receptacles at all because there was nothing to plug into them if they were there.

There were no mixers, microwaves, toasters, waffle irons, egg beaters, Mr Coffee or anything else we commonly plug into kitchen receptacles in our modern kitchens.

Today two kitchen countertop receptacles are “required.”  You have to have them even if you don’t want them.  It is amazing how things change.

I inspected a condo unit the other day that was built in 1927 and it had a nice strip of receptacles under the cabinets on one side of the kitchen but there were no receptacles at all for the countertop across from this one.
Under cabinet receptacles
Pulling away the range a bit I could see there was a power strip hanging behind the range that this power strip was plugged into---along with the refrigerator.
Power strip behind range
What was especially strange about this arrangement was that the power strip itself was plugged into the single receptacle on the range.
The ionly kitchen receptacle
So technically, this single receptacle on the range was the only receptacle in the kitchen.

It is indeed time to leave 1927 and upgrade to more modern standards for convenience and safety.

Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle

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