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#80269 - 03/27/02 02:06 PM Main Panel in Bathroom
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Registered: 03/27/02
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Loc: Kentland, IN USA
Greetings,

First time posting but have learned much from reading.

Is it allowable to have the main breaker panel in a bathroom/laundry room area? If so, what are the rules that apply?

Thanks in advance...

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#80270 - 03/27/02 03:36 PM Re: Main Panel in Bathroom
Tom Offline
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Loc: Shinnston, WV USA
Welcome to the forum.

No, No 1000X no.

240.24(E)

MAke sure that this room is in fact a bathroom by seeing the NEC definition of a bathroom in article 100.

Some of the rules that apply can be found in Article 240 (Overcurrent Devices), Article 312 Cabinets & Cutout boxes (this is the box that the panelboard is installed in), Article 408 Switchboards & Panelboards, Article 110 Requirements for electrical installations, plus much more.

Tom

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#80271 - 03/27/02 04:16 PM Re: Main Panel in Bathroom
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Thanks for the info. In this case it is in fact a bathroom.

What about if it was just a laundry room? No vanity, toilet, or shower/tub but just a washer/dryer connection?

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#80272 - 03/27/02 04:51 PM Re: Main Panel in Bathroom
sparky Offline
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troythom;
greetings.

a 'laundry ' room, as you describe, would be ok, just maintain proper clearance around the panelboard......


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#80273 - 03/28/02 04:37 AM Re: Main Panel in Bathroom
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Thanks all!

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#80274 - 03/28/02 04:37 PM Re: Main Panel in Bathroom
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Loc: York, NE
OK, how about this one.

Sub-panel, commercial building, in a bathroom within reach of a sink and toilet?

GJ

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#80275 - 03/28/02 05:19 PM Re: Main Panel in Bathroom
circuit man Offline
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not a pleasent thought golf junkie.:eek;

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#80276 - 03/29/02 07:59 AM Re: Main Panel in Bathroom
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A sub-panel would be allowed, as far as I can tell, since it does not contain the service disconnecting means (230.70(A)(2))& is not one of the prohibited bathrooms in 240.24(E).

Evidently, people are inherently safer when they are in a non-residential type setting.
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#80277 - 03/29/02 08:28 AM Re: Main Panel in Bathroom
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"Evidently, people are inherently safer when they are in a non-residential type setting."

Yep...
This was on a major remodel of a county courthouse. The job was engineered....so who am I to question? ......apparently this was done to keep the panel out of view.

It passed inspection without question.

GJ

OK tom, how do you do the roll smilie? I've tried and all i get is :roll:

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#80278 - 03/29/02 05:10 PM Re: Main Panel in Bathroom
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Golf Junkie,
Glad the inspector passed the installation. Evidently, he couldn't find anyrhing in the NEC either, that would prohibit a subpanel in a commercial/institutional/industrial bathroom.

The rolleyes is plural, usually can't remember what to type so I just copy & paste from the smilies legend which is accessible when you're typing a reply.

Tom

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