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Old 11-22-2011, 09:29 AM   #1
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Electrical split in bathroom?

I am renovating my 2nd floor bathroom...I had an electrician come in to run new wiring. As he was pulling wire thru the chase (basement to second floor) the wire pulled off his feeder and he only got about 2 feet out of chase. He tried pulling but but no luck...wire was stuck in chase. He decided to put in a junction box...6" above floor behind toilet and 6" from tub....his plan was to cover box with a blank plate and splice wire from junction box to new sconces. I told him that this was unacceptable and that I wanted a homerun from basement to the sconces even if these means opening chase on lower level bathroom.

I had three reasons (1) I have two young children and I was afraid of water that close to coved junction box and (2) I am doing a complete gut of my bathroom and it's ugly and (3) I plan on selling this how and I don't want to have to fix in the case an inspector doesn't agree with his solution. Did I do the right thing?



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Old 11-22-2011, 09:47 AM   #2
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Water should not be an issue unless the bathroom is flooded, in which case you have other issues.

An accessible junction covered with a blank plate is code compliant.


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My question is, where was the helper watching the pull, so that it did not snag.
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A junction box behind the toilet? Ugh! Compliant yes but I wouldn't have that in my bathroom. I'd call for a do-over.
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Your house, your money, as long as it is code compliant, you get what you asked for.

It is code compliant and not an issue, but you don't want it there, he needs to fix it.
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