I thought that might be a possible answer too. I just don't know.
We talk about there not being any code against mounting a sconce over a Bathtub, or reguiring GFCI protection for anything in 'its 'zone'. Why is that? I thought it might have been a loophole, an oversight, but why wasn't it fixed over the years?
Anybody have any answers?
Re: Why are Tubs different?#85200 06/06/0305:54 AM06/06/0305:54 AM
I think that, especially with the "pre-McMansion" era bathrooms, it was not possible to get a 10' clearance for a receptacle. As far as light fixtures, the rule for pools probably has to do with the possibility of contacting a light fixture with a long aluminum vacuum or hand skimmer pole.
Re: Why are Tubs different?#85201 06/06/0309:28 AM06/06/0309:28 AM
Bill, I think Hot Tubs are grouped with Pools for simplicity(?). The similarities in potential hazards (usually located outdoors, barefeet on grass or concrete) probably wouldn't justify a whole different set of rules for Hot Tubs than for Pools. (I can imagine someone getting out from the Hot Tub or Pool to chance a burned out lamp, or plug in a radio while still wet and standing on grass or a patio). Both are separate from bath tubs.
Re: Why are Tubs different?#85203 06/06/0311:41 AM06/06/0311:41 AM
I always imagined the differences had something to do with practicallity (you really never blowdry your hair out by the pool), or perhaps it is the frequency of accidents that shape code policy and evolution.