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#190334 - 11/11/09 02:26 PM Exhaust fan in shower area??
sparkync Offline

Registered: 10/17/02
Posts: 811
Loc: NC
Is an exhaust fan permitted in the shower? My customer has a shower that is totally separated by a wall and shower door from the bathroom area.
Also I assume I can put a recess light with a gasket in the shower. Does it have to be on GFI circuit. I'm only looking at the 99 code and do not have the newer ones available right now. Thanks..

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#190335 - 11/11/09 02:41 PM Re: Exhaust fan in shower area?? [Re: sparkync]
George Little Offline

Registered: 01/18/04
Posts: 1492
Loc: Michigan USA
Not a problem Sparky, But you need to look at the Listing. The fans that are suitable for use in a shower will be labeled "Suitable for use in a shower when installed on a GFCI protected circuit" or word to that effect. Beyond that you could be asking for trouble.
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#190336 - 11/11/09 02:51 PM Re: Exhaust fan in shower area?? [Re: George Little]
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Registered: 01/22/05
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Not only allowed, but required. You must have ventilation, unless there's a window you can open.

I say that, imagining a completely separate shower room. If you're simply describing a large glass shower door, then the existing bath fan might neet the HVAC code requirements.

Another possibility is a remote-operated fan. That is, a fan that is located somewhere the exhaust ducting, and not actually mounted on the ceiling of the shower.

If you do have a separate room, remember that the switches need to be outside the shower area itself - in the changing area, or even outside the room.

#190339 - 11/11/09 05:41 PM Re: Exhaust fan in shower area?? [Re: renosteinke]
OreElect Offline

Registered: 03/05/04
Posts: 96
Loc: Salem,Oregon.USA

On the fan subject.
We in oregon have had some changes.Bathrooms that have bathing facilities must have a min 80cfm max 3 sone controled by a timer,humidistat or auto control. Ducting to be smooth wall,no flex. This applies also for fan replacements.


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