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Old 04-14-2012, 01:23 PM   #1
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I am having a home built and need to find a code reference.
The builder is having the light and fan switch for the Master Bathroom placed outside of the bathroom in the Master Bedroom.
I would like to have those 2 switches placed above the Master Bathroom sink close to the GFCI receptical.
I would like to know where in the CEC the code reference is that would state weather or not this is an exceptical practice.
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Old 04-14-2012, 02:16 PM   #2
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is an exceptical practice.
First..... give your definition of what is an exceptical practice.

Second...tell the builder you want the switch combo inside the bathroom.

The main rule in 210.70(A)(1) requires at least one wall switch-controlled lighting outlet in every habitable room and bathroom of dwelling units. This provision contains two exceptions. It does not state specifically where the wall switch has to be so your builder could by code install the light switch for the bathroom lighting outside of the bathroom.


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Old 04-14-2012, 02:34 PM   #3
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I believe Canada has a prohibition against switches being within 3' of the tub or shower.

One of the Canadian guys should be able to answer.
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Canadian code prohibits a switch from being within 1 meter of the tub or shower. If not practical you can go as close as .5 meter IF switch is GFCI protected.
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Thank you all for your responses.
I would have to say is placing switches for bathroom lights and fans by a bathroom sink an exceptical paractice (with in code) according to the current Canadian Electrical Code?
I have been in homes in Canada where the switches are by the sink but don't know if the code has changed since those were put in.
If I can give my builder a code refference then I can have my switches there.
So is it just a matter of moving them there or do they have to be GFCI protected?
What part of the CEC covers that stuff?
I have an old '05 CEC Book but not a current one to know if there are any changes to my out of date version.
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Did you not read joed post. Has to be further then 1M, if this is not practical it can be within .5M but must be GFI protected. So if the switches are closer then 1.5 feet of the sink they can not go there.

Talk to the electrician wiring your house, as long as drywall is not up moving the switches should not be to difficult.
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Did you not read joed post. Has to be further then 1M, if this is not practical it can be within .5M but must be GFI protected. So if the switches are closer then 1.5 feet of the sink they can not go there.

Talk to the electrician wiring your house, as long as drywall is not up moving the switches should not be to difficult.
It's a bathroom SINK, not a tub or shower.
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is placing switches for bathroom lights and fans by a bathroom sink an exceptical paractice.
What in the world is exceptical?

Tell us this... is the builder giving you a reason they WILL NOT place the switch for the fan and the switch for the light in the location you request??

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It's a bathroom SINK, not a tub or shower.
I stand corrected, if it is further then .5M from your tub or shower then they should be able to put it where you would like it.
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The is no problem putting the switches beside the sink.
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Is the builder refusing to put the two switches inside the bathroom??
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