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Old 10-13-2008, 09:54 PM   #1
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bathroom power switches relative to bathtub


does the code specify that the bathroom power switches must be a certain distance away from the shower/bathtub ? mine are planned to be fairly close (a foot from the edge of the tub, horizontally).

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No, it just prohibits them from being in the wet area.

Receptacles and switches cannot be within the enclosure of the shower or tub. Basically not in an area that is likely to get wet. I would certainly allow either of them 12" horizontally from the edge of the tub or shower floor in most cases.

Here's one interpretation that a local municipality uses to explain this requirement...
If you were to put a glass surround around the shower, the electrical can't occur in it. If the tub has a tub deck like many master bath whirlpool tubs do, you can't have switches or receptacles over it.

This is a very interpretive topic and is subject to the inspector's thoughts and opinion of the installation, somewhat.

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It was my understanding that the switch cannot be reachable while standing in the shower or 30" from the tub edge. I don't know if its different for a glass shower verses a bathtub that doesn't have a glass surround around it. This topic has been discussed on here before, I'd suggest using the search feature on the forum here; its a very useful tool.
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Nope, there's definately no code-based reach distance requirement for switches and receptacles from bathtubs or showers.
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Sorry this is what I was thinking of:


Didn't realize the 3ft rule did not apply to the surface or recessed mounted switches and lights.

Found the above in the following thread:
Recessed Lighting above shower
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I am in the middle of a remodel and am installing a whirlpool tub.

I ended up placing the two plugs for the jets and heater in the corner of the alcove of the tub. Under the back corner. Is this considered wet zone or is this ok?

Also, since the tub goes on before drywall and backer/tile, how would you go about covering the outlet box (its plastic)? Can I just place the outlets in and put on a cover plate? Does that suffice or do I need to use a different outlet box?
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Sorry this is what I was thinking of:


Didn't realize the 3ft rule did not apply to the surface or recessed mounted switches and lights.

Found the above in the following thread:
Recessed Lighting above shower
I figured that's the code section you were thinking of. The 3' out/8' up rule applies to hanging electrical luminairs and fixtures such as ceiling fans, chandeliers, track lights, and pole-mounted fixtures. It doesn't apply to ceiling-mounted non-suspended ceiling fixtures or recessed lighting, nor is it applicable to switches, dimmers, timers, or receptacles.
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I am in the middle of a remodel and am installing a whirlpool tub.

I ended up placing the two plugs for the jets and heater in the corner of the alcove of the tub. Under the back corner. Is this considered wet zone or is this ok?

Also, since the tub goes on before drywall and backer/tile, how would you go about covering the outlet box (its plastic)? Can I just place the outlets in and put on a cover plate? Does that suffice or do I need to use a different outlet box?
I have always run this sort of thing out to an external GFCI (not a receptacle, but a hardwired GFCI) through the studs a few feet away on the wall at the same height as a typical receptacle (14" or so). Usually a whirlpool requires a dedicated circuit.

Something like this:

http://www.leviton.com/OA_HTML/ibeCC...&section=11623

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