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Thread: How many circuits do I need to existing Laundry Room?

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    How many circuits do I need to existing Laundry Room?

    Hello all.

    There's a older ranch, it has a laundry room. Theres a washer, dryer. Theres also a sink and a toilet.
    It has a separate 120v 20a circuit to it.

    A contractor will be adding a shower in the room.

    Is it now a laundry AND a bath room ?? Will I need two circuits or is it now a laundry with a shower and one circuit will suffice?

    I would just run the extra circ. but it would be VERY difficult to get back to a Packed Federal Pacific and the owners are elderly and are adding the shower cause they have difficulty walking and look a bit low on the $$.

    Thank you
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    IMO, you need a circuit for the laundry area and one for the bath
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    Will adding a shower put an extra load on the circuits that supply the area?

    If yes, like a light and a fan, then I would not argue with having to run an additional circuit. If not, I don't see how adding a place for water to come out would mandate any change of the electrical wiring, or even be logical to make or require such a change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K8MHZ View Post
    Will adding a shower put an extra load on the circuits that supply the area?

    If yes, like a light and a fan, then I would not argue with having to run an additional circuit. If not, I don't see how adding a place for water to come out would mandate any change of the electrical wiring, or even be logical to make or require such a change.

    Look up the definition of bathroom. The NEC requires a circuit for the bathroom receptacle. It also requires one for the laundry
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    It always was a bathroom by definition so IMO the shower does not change a thing.
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    I stand corrected -- it was always a laundry and a bathroom so yes 2 circuits are required. It may not have been done originally but IMO you may be forced to upgrade it as required by nec
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Alwon View Post
    I stand corrected -- it was always a laundry and a bathroom so yes 2 circuits are required. It may not have been done originally but IMO you may be forced to upgrade it as required by nec
    In NJ the rehab code would not require him to add anything.
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    With what the OP has posted so far, I don't see the need for an electrician to get involved in the project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlie b View Post
    With what the OP has posted so far, I don't see the need for an electrician to get involved in the project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlie b View Post
    With what the OP has posted so far, I don't see the need for an electrician to get involved in the project.

    Thank you all. Sorry didn't mention the receptacle need to be moved a couple feet.

    The receptacle needs to be relocated.

    I would think that would require an electrician ???

    Please correct me if I'm wrong ? Also. There's no receptacle by the little sink. Was going to throw one in

    Still rehab code ?
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