Does A Linen Closet Count As in A Bathroom?

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Old 07-26-14, 09:53 AM
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Does A Linen Closet Count As in A Bathroom?

I'm going to be putting a receptacle in the linen closet in the bathroom for an amplifier and tuner. Does it count as in the bathroom? The reason I'm asking is because the bathroom is on a GFCI breaker, and if it doesn't I'll have to get a GFCI outlet and use the lighting circuit.
 
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Old 07-26-14, 11:34 AM
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I would say it is not in the bathroom, but that is my opinion.
 
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Old 07-26-14, 11:40 AM
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I believe the NEC consider a closet a non-habitual space. That makes me assume your outlet cannot be on the bathroom circuit. If that is the case (I am not sure) then it wouldn't need GFCI protection, however, it would need AFCI protection depending on what code cycle you are on.
 
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Old 07-26-14, 01:13 PM
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If there is a chance you can be operating that equipment in the bathroom with wet feet.... then put it on a GFI receptacle. (not the same circuit as the bathroom receptacles)
 
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Old 07-26-14, 01:34 PM
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Alright, guys. I'll put it on the lighting circuit and put in a gfci receptacle. Now to finish this plumbing....
 
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I would consider the linen closet as part of the bathroom if its door is in the bathroom. (As opposed to having the linen closet door in the hallway next to the bathroom door.)
 
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Old 07-27-14, 10:10 AM
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I would say it is not in the bathroom, but that is my opinion.
I would agree with this. The best example I can think of is this. You cannot install a panel in a bathroom, but you can in a closet in a bathroom if there is enough space and the closet isn't used for storage. The closet is a separate space from the bathroom.
 
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Old 07-27-14, 10:48 AM
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I got the receptacle in last night, as well as ran an extra cat5 since it is on an interior wall and the place is balloon framed. I just ran a 12-2 from the attic lights to a gfci in the closet.
 
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