If I installed the required 20a circuit in a bathroom,actually I am installing 3 on the vanity countertop, would an additional receptacle in a separate toilet area that is part if the bathroom need to be 20a also?
The sub-room will only contain the toilet and a piece of furniture for the linens.
Defined: Bathroom. An area including a basin with one or more of the following: a toilet, a tub, or a shower.
210.11(3) Bathroom Branch Circuits. In addition to the number of branch circuits required by other parts of this section, at least one 20-ampere branch circuit shall be provided to supply the bathroom receptacle outlet(s). Such circuits shall have no other outlets. Exception: Where the 20-ampere circuit supplies a single bathroom, outlets for other equipment within the same bathroom shall be permitted to be supplied in accordance with Section 210-23(a).
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Ryan Jackson, Salt Lake City
#86234 - 09/26/0309:07 PMRe: additional ckts in bathrooms
I guess if it is a toilet only in a seperate room it is not considered a "Bathroom" therefore the rules don't apply. Although the nec defines a bathroom as an "area" not a "room" which could lead someone to say this is in the same area.
#86236 - 09/27/0307:43 AMRe: additional ckts in bathrooms
In the definition of bathroom, it is not defined as a room, but an area. This case is just the reason for this definition. The receptacle for that area can be run from the bathroom 20 amp circuit and it will meet the code requirements. Don't forget the GFCI protection of this receptacle. This "sub-room is part of the 'area' of the bathroom definition.
#86238 - 09/27/0309:42 AMRe: additional ckts in bathrooms
If I installed the required 20a circuit in a bathroom,actually I am installing 3 on the vanity countertop,. . .
I guess that you aren't installing three circuits to the vanity, rather three receptacles on one circuit.
My take on 210.11(C)(3)exception, is that one can add additional outlets to the required bath 20 amp circuit serving only one bath. . .as long as the additional outlets are inside that same bath. However, I am not told that ALL the outlets within that bath MUST be added to that 20 amp circuit. Rather, I can pick and choose.
The GFI requirement for receptacles in the bathroom is blanket, gotta have it.
For me, the common sense logic, of the larger capacity circuit serving the vanity and thereby the large hairdryer load, is covered once the receptacle is at the vanity. Additional outlets (lights, fans, WC receptacle) may be added to the 20 amp bath circuit, but are not required to be.
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#86241 - 09/27/0305:23 PMRe: additional ckts in bathrooms