1/2 Bath


Old 07-15-07, 08:19 AM
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1/2 Bath

Does the NEC consider a half bathroom a bathroom under the requirements for independent circuits? I can understand a full bath or even 3/4 bath, but with a water closet only what are the rules. I would presume GFCI still (due to the sink) but does it still need to be on its own circuit?
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Old 07-15-07, 08:31 AM
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A bathroom consists of a basin and either a toilet,tub or shower. any 2 is a bathroom.NEC 2005 Art 100.

Rec. must be GFCI. And can be on with any other bathroom or alone.You may also use this ckt for bathroom lights. but no other outlets.
In short this ckt must serve bathroom "outlets" only.

receptacles and lights are "outlets".
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If this is a new 1/2 bath, it might be easier to use the 20 amp circuit to power the lights and fan as well as the GFCI. This is as long as the circuit serves nothing outside of this bathroom.

210.11(C)(3) exception.

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