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Old 06-01-2012, 01:19 PM   #1
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Mounting hieght for disabled person wall switch

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Rick,

I'm not sure that is specified in the code. http://publicecodes.citation.com/ico...001_par005.htm

You could always call your local city office and ask if they have a requirement (sometimes they have local-specific code rules).

I'd say sit in a wheelchair or regular chair and see what's easy/comfortable for you to reach.

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This link should help..

http://www.pbgast.com/Safety_Library..._ADA_Guide.htm

Looks like 40" is going to be a good number.
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as stated there is no code for swithes, however in cetain rooms there are specs for outlets.
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This is not in the NEC. You would need to get a copy of an ADA compliance booklet or call your plans review or building officials.
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I don't have the link handy but google adaag (Americans with disabilities act accessibility guidelines). That's the DOJ standard and generally accepted in most jurisdictions in the US. If you can find ANSI 117.1 online that's also a great guide and is actually incorporated by reference in most building codes. I don't think it's widely available for free online though and adaag parallels it very nicely
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How many times are we going to answer this same question over and over.

eclark, the guidelines for where switches & outlets are placed fall under the IRC codes more so, than ADA guidelines. And yes, the ADA guidelines are just that. They suggest in how to do things within what some bunch of lawyers decided would be fair, but they do not exactly spell out to the T, that a outlet or switch MUST be placed at a exact point, level of height, etc. on a wall.

Now of course, the so called guidelines that the lawyers designed that fall under ADA are not outdated, due to the changing of the fact that you can control lights & appliances via a smartphone app, or handheld remote or desktop device.
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Greg, wasn't trying to pick a fight. OP asked about mounting height for disabled people. It's in the accessibility code. If you've got a beef with the code, I have nothing to do with it. If you're tired of answering the same question over and over, stop answering.
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Greg, wasn't trying to pick a fight. OP asked about mounting height for disabled people. It's in the accessibility code. If you've got a beef with the code, I have nothing to do with it. If you're tired of answering the same question over and over, stop answering.
Where did you get from what I stated that I was picking a fight. Geesh, some people. And no, it is not in the accessibility code. It is a guideline as to the location and ease of access. It simply states that you have X height and Y perimeter to allow access to a light switch, receptacle outlet, height of a door handle, ease of access to a building and inside, ease of access inside a structure, for a person to be able to have somewhat of a human life. Again, these are all guidelines, not written in stone that it is exactly at X point that you place something.

Again, you have lee-way in where and how you make a structure more readily and easier to access to someone who may be partially or fully immobile. And as I stated before, with the advent of smartphones, tablets like the iPad, android tablets, THE guidelines are no longer valid and are way out of date, due the technology to allow for more easier access to open and unluck doors, start vehicles, turn on and off lights, etc are going to have to force a rewrite of the rules that were written by a bunch of over paid lawyers in D.C..
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Oh, btw eclark, posts like the OP should and are usually ignored in a way, that you do not get into a long diatribe about something, that comes across as if they are doing a search engine search. Majority of these one post wonders are usually robots, which are programs written by people to find holes in mostly VBulletin PHP bbs's.
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Ok. Must have read your post wrong and didn't know what you meant about answering the same thing over and over. makes more sense now, especially with a fresh brain

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