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    switches near tub and shower

    it looks like on 404.4(c) switches can't be located within the tub or shower space. A three foot area around the tub or shower.

    So if you have a shower door enclosing the shower area, the switch needs to be 3ft from the door because the area within three feet is still considered a wet area?

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    Is this a new 2017 requirement? There is no mandated 3” distance from the shower stall/area in the 2014.
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    tub and shower zone

    The same thing is in the 2014 code book. I haven't checked back further.

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    tub and shower zone

    its on 404.3 (c) in the 2011 also. The part I don't understand is if there is a shower door. Does the switch need to be 3ft outside the shower door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by difowler1 View Post
    The same thing is in the 2014 code book. I haven't checked back further.
    Huh!

    (C) Switches in Tub or Shower Spaces. Switches shall not be installed within tubs or shower spaces unless in- stalled as part of a listed tub or shower assembly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by difowler1 View Post
    its on 404.3 (c) in the 2011 also. The part I don't understand is if there is a shower door. Does the switch need to be 3ft outside the shower door.
    Could you copy and paste that please?

    I have an 2011, but I would have to go get it.
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    I don't know of any three foot clearance from any code cycle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ActionDave View Post
    I don't know of any three foot clearance from any code cycle.
    Me neither, that is why I wanted a copy and paste. It isn’t there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by difowler1 View Post
    it looks like on 404.4(c) switches can't be located within the tub or shower space. A three foot area around the tub or shower.

    So if you have a shower door enclosing the shower area, the switch needs to be 3ft from the door because the area within three feet is still considered a wet area?
    Quote Originally Posted by jumper View Post
    Is this a new 2017 requirement? There is no mandated 3” distance from the shower stall/area in the 2014.
    Quote Originally Posted by ActionDave View Post
    I don't know of any three foot clearance from any code cycle.
    I've got the '08 thru the '17- no such rule exists.

    The only 3ft regarding bath devices that I can think of is the within 3ft measurement for the bath rec in 210.52- OP could be getting it backwards and thinking that it applies to sw's near shower?? Or he might have a local amendment to 404.4 and believes its in the code.

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    Quote Originally Posted by user 100 View Post
    I've got the '08 thru the '17- no such rule exists.

    The only 3ft regarding bath devices that I can think of is the within 3ft measurement for the bath rec in 210.52- OP could be getting it backwards and thinking that it applies to sw's near shower?? Or he might have a local amendment to 404.4 and believes its in the code.
    Possible. I mix stuff all the time, especially measurements because some numbers are repeated in different sections.

    Like 3’. Panel working space depth, strap on raceway near a box, ...wait.. maybe this is OPs confusion....

    Lights like paddle fan and track outside a shower. 410.10(D).

    Switches, certain light fixtures, shower.....Whadda ya think?
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