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fromchengdu

03:35PM | 03/29/07
Member Since: 10/26/06
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Bvelectrical
My main electrical panel is located in my bath room away from the tub/shower. It passed the rough-in electrical inspection. But the final inspector told me the Panel can not be located in the bath room and suggested to replace it with a waterproof panel and relocate it to outside wall. Is the 2nd inspector right? What are my options?

Billhart

07:05PM | 03/29/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1918 lifetime posts
When I saw the title I expect some question about a 70 YO house.

I have no clue why this was not caught earlier.

Turning the panel around 180 degrees and useing an outside WP verision is probably the cheapest and quickets thing to do.

Other options are to relocate the panel to a different area. Then either move the meter, run the power on the exterior to where it can enter the house behind the new panel location. Or install an external disconect by the meter and then you can place the panel anyplace in the house that meets the clearance requirements and is not in a bathroom or close closet.

Or you can move the bathroom.

Tom O

04:41AM | 04/02/07
Member Since: 09/17/02
487 lifetime posts
It is a sad fact of life that many cities/towns/counties cannot afford to hire enough inspectors so that each trade gets inspected by a fully qualified inspector. These "multi-hat" inspectors definitely have weak spots and that is probably what happened.

Had your building department had a step in the process called plan review, this problem might have been identified at that stage.

Tom O

04:46AM | 04/02/07
Member Since: 09/17/02
487 lifetime posts
I just re-read Bill's post and I know that he had his tongue in cheek when he said move the bathroom.

I don't normally give the type of advice that follows, but what the heck. If that is not the only bathroom in the house, remove the wash basin and call for a re-inspection. If there is no basin, the room is not (by NEC definition) a bathroom and there would be no issue with section 240.24(E) which prohibits overcurrent protection in bathrooms.

joed

09:36AM | 04/05/07
Member Since: 09/17/02
527 lifetime posts
The panel can't be in the bathroom. The second inspector is correct. This is not an obscrure code. Your electrician should have known this. Your contractor should have known this.
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