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Old 05-25-2011, 06:48 PM   #1
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What to do with this GFCI outlet?

I would like to put a backsplash, but the GFCI outlet is in the way. so I have to do something about it. What do you recommend? Any suggestion will be greatly appreciated.

FYI, there is another regular non-GFCI outlet on the other side of the vanity. Since that regular one is far away from the edge of the vanity top, I am not worried about it.


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Old 05-25-2011, 07:22 PM   #2
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Why not install it in the backsplash? If the backsplash is black, you can use a black device and black plate. Any other solution would probably require moving it up into the mirror and that's more annoying. Personally, I like receptacles in backsplashes.


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Old 05-25-2011, 08:30 PM   #3
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A receptacle is required within 36" of the basin. It needs GFI protection.

If this one feeds the other receptacle it will need to stay accessible, even if blanked off.
Answers based on the National Electrical Code. Local amendments may apply. Check with your local building officials.
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Have the local stone shop custom cut the backsplash, or if you bought one off the shelf at the local home diy center, find a stone cutter that will cut to fit for the outlet. Not much choice in your set up, other than moving the outlet to the wall on the right.
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Old 05-25-2011, 09:45 PM   #5
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Or get a new mirror and try to move the outlet and box up a few inches. You may or may not have enough slack in the wires to do it. If you don't, remember that it (the current splice) has to stay accessible like jim said. You cannot bury a box or splice in the wall with no means to access it. That means in a box with a blank cover. You can also turn the box around and put it in the room next door if that looks better, and cut in a new box above (or elsewhere).

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Thanks for all the replies.
Can I simply put the outlet in the blacksplash? Just like mpoulton said, leave the outlet there, but cut the backsplash to go around it? Is that compliant with the code?
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