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Old 06-27-2010, 11:29 PM   #16
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It is down to a science. Receptacles are a certain height off the floor, light switches are a certain height off the floor, RECEPTACLES are a certain height above a vanity (Which are all standard heights ...............
Sorry, you can continue to tell yourself this, but you are 100% WRONG.
There are no "specific" standard heights. There are rules of thumb. There are what many folks do. There are guidelines. But unless you get into ADA specifics there are NO specific height standards/requirements for a small residential job like this.
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Old 06-28-2010, 04:03 AM   #17
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I think the ADA is distorted.Why have a light switch at 4' to the top,in a mechanical room in case a wheelie comes in?
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Maybe he just assumed you were planning on tiling the back wall (no backsplash) and had the outlets right where you wanted them?

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It is down to a science. Receptacles are a certain height off the floor, light switches are a certain height off the floor, RECEPTACLES are a certain height above a vanity (Which are all standard heights unless you are a hobbit that lives in the movie "Lord of the Rings" where they are 3 feet tall)
Yes, you are correct. Vanities have a standard height which is 34" to the top of the backsplash from the sub floor, however, it is not uncommon to install a counter height vanity which makes the backsplash 38" above the sub floor.
So, are you installing the vanity on top of the finished floor? Are you installing a standard vanity or a counter height vanity?

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Old 06-28-2010, 09:51 AM   #20
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If I were doing this job for you I would have asked for the height requirement. I disagree with all the pro's on this one. If I am not sure about any part of any project I would ask. I would ask the customer to get me the dimensions of the vanity. Height and width! I would have not installed them without this most critical information.
How could any electrician magically know how high or low to install the receptacles? IMO the electrician while not completely his fault dropped the ball on this and he should come back and get it right.

Did you have the vanity and sink top on the premises when the electrician was there?
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Old 06-28-2010, 08:22 PM   #21
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I think the ADA is distorted.Why have a light switch at 4' to the top,in a mechanical room in case a wheelie comes in?
thats where i mount all my switch boxes
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THANK YOU J.V.!!! I was starting to think that I was crazy! What was the sentence you wrote? Oh, it was, "If I was the contractor and I wasn't sure....I would ask"! How bout that boys and girls! And after a little research at the home improvement companies...vanities DO come in standard heights which are 31" and 33 1/2" which if I was a "Professional" I would allow for a counter top with a 3-4" backsplash! No need for the homeowner, "the one who hired the "professional" to do the calculating for me", to measure all of this!!! This is why I hired you! So now, I have resorted to getting a 31" high vanity and a countertop that measures 3 7/8" from bottom to top to just slide in under the electrical faceplate that measures 35" from the bottom of the faceplate to the TFF! I am not holding back this guy's money but I feel that I have let him off the hook!
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i ask again did you walk through the bathroom at anytime during the construction process before the drywall was hung?
maybe you could post the electricians number so we can get his side of what happened throughout the process since you seem to be so determined to blame him for the problem
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Old 06-28-2010, 10:39 PM   #24
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If you look here you will see that the actual cab height is 29 1/2":

http://www.midamericacabinets.com/ca..._lavatory.html


Ok, you have 37" to center. A trim plate is 2 3/4" so half of that is 1 3/8". That means as long as your splash is below 35 5/8 you are fine. A lav base varies but the intent is to allow the counter top to be at ~30". As you can see above, their lav cabinets are 29 1/2". That is to allow for 1- 1 1/2" for the countertop itself. Let's go with 1 1/2" so now we are at 31". Add a 4" splash and you are at 35". Since the trim plate will be at 35 5/8", I'm just not seeing a problem here. You have 5/8" to spare.

So, what is the problem?
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