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    Handicap switch hight?

    I've searched the code and can't find it but is there a height requirement for switches for the handicapped?

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    The CA building code says "no higher than 48 inches measured to the top of the box".

    I don't know what the ADA book says and you won't find it in the NEC.
    I can build anything you want if you draw a picture of it on the back of a big enough check.

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    Red face Inspectorfabs

    You can go to the barrier free subcode, Ansi 117.1-2003 this is the model code we use in N.J. all the info is listed here for anything reguarding the disabled.

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    Thank you for the help

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    Quote Originally Posted by dSilanskas View Post
    I've searched the code and can't find it but is there a height requirement for switches for the handicapped?
    It is in the MA amendments to the NEC.

    521 CMR: ARCHITECTURAL ACCESS BOARD

    39.3: HEIGHT
    The highest operable part of controls, dispensers, receptacles, and other operable equipment shall be placed within at least one of the reach ranges specified in 521 CMR 6.5, Forward Reach and 521 CMR 6.6, Side Reach.

    39.3.1 Electrical and communications system receptacles on walls shall be mounted between 15 inches (15" = 381mm) and 48 inches (48" = 1219mm) above the floor, measured at the centerline of the lowest receptacle.

    Exception: These requirements do not apply where the use of special equipment dictates otherwise or where electrical and communications systems receptacles are not normally intended for use by building occupants.
    There is more and with illustrations.
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    Thank you Tim, We just did a remodel and it turns out a person in a wheel chair bought the house. We always put our switches at 44" to the bottom and now we are asked to move the switches down lower because they are not at the proper height....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dSilanskas View Post
    Thank you Tim, We just did a remodel and it turns out a person in a wheel chair bought the house. We always put our switches at 44" to the bottom and now we are asked to move the switches down lower because they are not at the proper height....
    I found the link to the Mass Amendments.
    http://www.lawlib.state.ma.us/source...t/527CMR12.pdf
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    The ones you installed are 44" to the bottom? Looks like your install is good. You could always submit a price to change them for the customer however.
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    This may help:



    http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=...bmKdbLXahNvRfQ

    As you can see, 44 is required, but 43 is recommended.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K8MHZ View Post
    This may help:



    http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=...bmKdbLXahNvRfQ

    As you can see, 44 is required, but 43 is recommended.
    What are you trying to link to?
    It requires an account to access the file.
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