Bathroom Receptacle Location

Little Bill

Moderator
Staff member
That makes no sense. You can have a receptacle right next to a sink, where it will be used, but can't have it within 3' of a tub, where it would seldom be used.
 

MAC702

Senior Member
So back to the picture that shows both walls too close to the tub. What if the light switch wall was outside the 3' zone, but the sink walls were still inside? Does this mean the receptacle must be on the light switch wall to be outside the tub's exclusion zone, or still at the sink to be inside its inclusion zone?
 

Dennis Alwon

Moderator
Staff member
The receptacle can be on the far side of the sink even if it is closer than 3'-- thus the exception. Remember the receptacle must be within 3' of the sink also.


Can someone find the substantiation for this-- the link. I can't seem to find it at nfpa site
 

MAC702

Senior Member
The receptacle can be on the far side of the sink even if it is closer than 3'-- thus the exception. Remember the receptacle must be within 3' of the sink also....
The exception says "Exception: In bathrooms with less than the required zone the receptacle(s) shall be permitted to be installed opposite the bathtub rim or shower stall threshold on the farthest wall within the room."
 

Dennis Alwon

Moderator
Staff member
The exception says "Exception: In bathrooms with less than the required zone the receptacle(s) shall be permitted to be installed opposite the bathtub rim or shower stall threshold on the farthest wall within the room."
Yes, and how does that change what I said?
 

Dennis Alwon

Moderator
Staff member
I think the reason was to keep in line with 410.10(D) for pendants. But they don't have gfci protection....oh well
 

Little Bill

Moderator
Staff member
So what was the justification?
I went to the link and it took me to NFPA site and asked me to sign in. I won't do it! I just have got all the emails and snail mail stopped from them.
So I'm going to hope someone posts the explanation.
 

Dennis Alwon

Moderator
Staff member
The only justification I saw was that art 410.10(D), which is for pendant lights, uses the same 3' rule around the shower/tub so someone thought that they would help clarify the original section.
 

Knuckle Dragger

Master Electrician Electrical Contractor 01752
So now we have be concerned that we placed the receptacle as far away as possible from the tub as deemed by the AHJ?
 

kwired

Electron manager
So now we have be concerned that we placed the receptacle as far away as possible from the tub as deemed by the AHJ?
Only when it can't be placed outside the zone mentioned.and at same time still place one within required distance from the basin.
 
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