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Old 02-16-2014, 12:13 PM   #1
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Code for bathroom outlets


So I know an outlet in a bathroom near a sink needs to be GFCI protected since it is within 3 feet of the sink, but usually the light switch is not wired into the GFCI outlet, is there a distance requirement from the sink to outlet, like needs to be at least 3 feet away for a light switch? or even in the kitchen sink for that matter, or is there no code issue for distance from sink to light switch?
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Switches do not need GFI protection. There is no required distance from a water source, They cannot be above or inside the footprint of a tub or shower.
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Switches do not need GFI protection. There is no required distance from a water source, They cannot be above or inside the footprint of a tub or shower.
agreed............but can be right up to it.

from what I understand this is true... although some inspectors may want it protected if in close proximity to shower/bath and have a plastic plate and screws.....

Now if memory serves me correctly...there is a distance for a switch and jaccuzzi..
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agreed............but can be right up to it.

although some inspectors may want it protected if in close proximity to shower/bath and have a plastic plate and screws.....
This is the problem, what inspectors WANT vs what is required...
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