Q: If I box in a Lally column in a finished basement, do I have to install an outlet there?

A: Harlan Madsen, an electrical contractor in Bloomington, Minn., responds: In living areas, the National Electrical Code (NEC) requires outlets on wall sections that are 24 inches or longer, so it would not be necessary to install an outlet on a column unless boxing it in created a wall space at least 24 inches long. But keep in mind that this...

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