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Question by paul from ottawa
Submitted on 7/7/2003
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I am installing a bathroom in my basement.  Putting it in the most convenient place would mean having the electrical service panel inside the new bathroom.  Can I do this? Thanks

Answer by yyy
Submitted on 8/1/2003
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Sir: Consult local municipal codes regarding proximity of elec. panels to plumbing fixtures, that is, if you need a permit in your municipality, county,parish, or state to do the work. Because there is very high risk of shorting out the panel due to the unavoidable humidity present more or less constantly in all bathrooms. This naturally will cause corrosion inside the panel (where you can't see it) and thus problems throughout the house w/ outlets and the electrical devices plugged into them not getting sufficient amperage thru the panel (thus wearing out such things as fan motors in refrigerators and A/C units). Also ,God forbid water accidentally splashes on the panel. I have personally witnessed an electrician being blown backwards out of a small room (when water entered a panel he was working next to) from the resulting explosion.


Answer by r3
Submitted on 10/16/2003
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if you want to kill someone no you cant look at the nec.use your head


Answer by jas
Submitted on 1/26/2004
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close in your electrical panel in a cabinet or a closet with its own vent fan that is turned on with the light switch or the fan switch. with the light you will get a more consistant air flow to remove the moist air.


Answer by Brian
Submitted on 10/6/2004
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an electrical panel cannot be in a bathroom or closet


Answer by Cat
Submitted on 7/24/2006
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I plan to put a bathroom in my basement. How much can I expect to pay for it.


Answer by Jim
Submitted on 11/7/2006
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It is our understanding that an electrical panel can not be per code in a bathroom.  I can understad this if the bathoom has a shower or or tub where moisture vapour would come in contact with the panel.

My question is does this also apply to a 2 piece washroom i.e. toilet and sink if there is a 1 mtr. clearance to the panel??


Answer by electic man
Submitted on 5/15/2007
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two words: don't do it.


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