Distance Req'd for Electrical Receptacle or Switch

Old 07-08-02, 07:03 AM
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Distance Req'd for Electrical Receptacle or Switch

What is NEC for a switch or GFI receptacle distance from a tub or shower?


Old 07-08-02, 05:44 PM
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REceptacles or switches have no clearance requirements from the tub as long as they are not inside the line being in the tub itself. A receptacle or switch may be in stalled within reach of either a tub or shower. The receptacle is required to be GFI protected in a bathroom. The above also relates to a whirlpool tub with no clearance requirements

If you are talking a hot tub then you have a 5' clearance from a hot tub installed inside a structure from the hot tub to a switch or receptacle.

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Old 07-08-02, 10:44 PM
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abkent, Here is the code for switches:
Article 380-Switches
380-4. Wet Locations.
A switch or circuit breaker in a wet location or outside of a building shall be enclosed in a weatherproof enclosure or cabinet that shall comply with section 373-2(a). Switches shall not be installed within wet locations in tub or shower spaces unless installed as part of a listed tub or shower assembly.

Code only addresses basin, not tub or shower for receptacle placement.

210-52(5) Receptacle Outlet Location
(d) Bathrooms

In dwelling units, at least one wall recepatcle outlet shall be installed in bathrooms within 36" (914mm) of the outside edge of each basin. The receptacle outlet shall be located on a wall that is adjacent to the basin location. See section 210-8(a)(1).

Receptacle outlets shall not be installed in a face-up position in the work surfaces of countertops in a bathroom basin location.

The receptacle must be a GFCI!

hope this helps.



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