10:53AM | 03/27/03
Member Since: 03/26/03
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We are putting a new bathroom in our basement and it is being inspected. So far have installed one 20-amp circuit which feeds a GFCI outlet and then the lights and ceiling fan in the bath (so they are all protected). The size of possible hair dryer and curling iron loads on this circuit causes me to want to put the 500W or 750W baseboard heater on a separate circuit.

Here's the question: Does a baseboard heater (which will be 6" away from the shower door hinge) need to be ground fault protected and what is a recommended approach ? I am leaning toward previous approach of 20A standard breaker, 12 gauge wire, 15A GFCI outlet and 20A load connection to the heater. Outlet can't be "above" the heater, so I would put it about 6" to the left of the heater.

Can't see benefit in using 240 Volt connection if need GFCI. Am I missing something ?


01:41PM | 03/27/03
Member Since: 02/17/03
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GFI not required, but no harm is done in using one. As for being on a separate circuit, it's kind of hard to run a hair dryer on a 240v. circuit, so the heater will be separate anyway.
Pat yourself on the back for recognising that hair dryers use a lot of power...
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