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Old 12-05-2010, 07:43 PM   #1
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Electrical and Plumbing in Same Stud Bay?


Hi there,
New here but been reading as a guest for a while now. Lots of great advise. Just looking for some input here. I have a shower that backs up to our master bedroom. In this wall there is electrical for a wall mounted TV and a receptacle below. There is also copper water lines for the shower. I highlighted the ones I'm mainly concerned about where there is electrical below plumbing in the picture below. Is this safe? Is it even allowed by code. I'm in NJ. I really do not wantto get electrocuted while taking a shower should a shower head leak. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Why wife is concerned by my father in law and brother in law seem to think it is ok. Thanks.

Tim
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Old 12-05-2010, 08:22 PM   #2
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No issues, this is done all the time.
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Yup. I agree w/ Jim.
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Thanks guys .

Do you think it would be wise to at least change the receptacles in the bedroom behind the shower to GFCI? I'm thinking at a minimum the one that is directly below the left showerhead. I'm less concerned about the one higher up on the wall that I am plugging the TV in as if that shower head drips it will miss the outlet box as it is not in direct alignment.

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A) What will GFI protecting the receptacles on the other wall do?

B) What danger do you think exists by having the wiring and pipes in the same bay?
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A) What will GFI protecting the receptacles on the other wall do?

B) What danger do you think exists by having the wiring and pipes in the same bay?
A. if water drips from the shower head and gets into the receptacle box, it would immediately trip the circuit

B. if there is a leak and water finds its way to the receptacle is it possible to be electrocuted? I don't think so, but my wife wants me to ask. She doesn't believe anything I say it seems.
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A. if water drips from the shower head and gets into the receptacle box, it would immediately trip the circuit
Completely 100% false.


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B. if there is a leak and water finds its way to the receptacle is it possible to be electrocuted? I don't think so, but my wife wants me to ask. She doesn't believe anything I say it seems.
Not at all likely if the electric is installed properly.

Sure, water and electricity don't mix, but it is NOT the instant death, jump out and bite you, scenario most think it is.


If some scared folks realized the typical water/electricity relationship in a average home they'd never move in.
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Petey's 100% right. This should not be a concern, nor is it a code violation. GFCI protecting those receptacles on the other side of the wall won't accomplish anything. If you're concerned about dripping/leaking in the future, use some sheet metal or wood to create a barrier between the two systems (if it makes you feel better).

I would not have any concerns about this setup.
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Thanks for the validation. I showed my wife your responses and she feels much better now and I even think she feels a little bad she doubted me.

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Thanks for the validation. I showed my wife your responses and she feels much better now and I even think she feels a little bad she doubted me.

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