Circuit Breaker Box in Bathroom?

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Old 01-12-05, 05:09 AM
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Circuit Breaker Box in Bathroom?

I am doing my basement and have my bathroom planned in the same area as the circuit breaker box. Is it allowed? If so, any special rules?

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Old 01-12-05, 05:44 AM
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No! No breakers in the bathroom, no exceptions.
Sorry.
You'll have to weight the difference between moving the bathroom and moving the panel. Or both a little.
 
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Old 01-12-05, 07:04 AM
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Thanks for the info!

It's funny because I thought nothing of it for a couple weeks until i looked and said, "That MIGHT not be a good idea"

Good ol' common sense sure helps.
 
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I has one client that decided to put a whirpool below the main panel.. and a contractor actually went and installed the whirpool.
 
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Old 01-12-05, 08:54 AM
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I was the first tenant in a new apartment quad-plex in 2001. The breaker box was in a large 1/2 bath & utility room combo. When the landlord was building the next quad-plex next door, I noticed that the panel box was in a different location. I asked him why. He told me that the inspectors wouldn't allow him to put them in bathrooms anymore.

Here's the funny part...the new location for the breaker box was *inside* the closet under the stair case. LOL

My understanding is that there are two places inside that you can't put a breaker box: In a bathroom, and in a closet.
 
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Old 01-12-05, 09:23 AM
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You can't put a panel in a clothes closet.
 
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Old 01-12-05, 11:07 AM
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Mostly non productive reply...

But, if you really want to break code and put the breaker box in the bathroom, you should mount it in the shower so it always stays clean, or plaster board over it so it can't be touched by accident. Just remember, if you put the breaker box in the bathroom, the main line from the meter has to be GFI protected. (digressing quickly)

rluzinski, How about putting in a small utility closet around the panel with the door outside the bathroom?

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Old 01-12-05, 12:05 PM
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I know you can't put a panel in a bathroom. But, assuming you can build a small closest with the required clearances for a panel, will this be an acceptable option? Technically the panel is not in the bathroom, but inside the utility closet. It just happens that the closet is inside the bathroom.
 
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Old 01-12-05, 12:10 PM
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There's probably a loophole here somewhere, but it would really be best to stick with common sense and put the closet door outside the bathroom.

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Old 01-12-05, 12:21 PM
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No inspector would approve a panel in a closet in a bathroom. You have to be able to get to the panel without entering the bathroom.
 
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Old 01-12-05, 01:01 PM
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Let it be known it was my wife that wanted another bathroom, not me anyway . The spot is PERFECT for a nice bar (NOT wet of course).
 
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Old 01-12-05, 02:24 PM
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Do as your wife wants and then go to the bar down the road. Everyone will be much happier.

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Old 01-12-05, 06:11 PM
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Whatever you do, don't do this:
<img src="http://electrical-contractor.net/Violations/Submissions/shower&panel550.jpg">
 
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Nice PhotoShopping Speedy (well, I know it wasn't you that created this image, but it's good anyway--I sure hope it's not for real).
 
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Old 01-13-05, 07:41 AM
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Yup. Just like I said... nice and clean. Also makes a handy place to hang the wash cloth. As a bonus, you can turn the appliances off and on while you're showereing so breakfast will be ready when (if) you get out. Check out the ECN forum some time (electrical-contractor.net/cgi-bin/Ultimate.cgi?action=intro). This picture may not be real, but there are others just as bad (or worse) that are.

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