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    Default Electrical Outlet in the bathroom

    Hello,

    Can an outlet be placed 12 inches off the floor next to the vanity?

    Thanks,

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    Default Re: Electrical Outlet in the bathroom

    As far as I know, NEC says: in bathrooms outlets should be 4' high.

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    Default Re: Electrical Outlet in the bathroom

    Do you need it there for one of them heated outlet bidet kits?

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    Default Re: Electrical Outlet in the bathroom

    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonRemodeler View Post
    Do you need it there for one of them heated outlet bidet kits?
    The toilet in my bathroom is on the opposite wall of the vanity.
    I was looking to have the outlet next to the vanity off the floor because of convinence. I do have an outlet off to the side above the vanity.

    But if a outlet can be placed behind a toilet why can't it be placed next to a vanity?
    Last edited by kinji5; 12-28-2012 at 12:25 AM.

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    Default Re: Electrical Outlet in the bathroom

    Contact your local electrical building inspector. He'll tell you the information specific to your town.

    As long as its GFI, I think you should be fine.

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    Default Re: Electrical Outlet in the bathroom

    As long as you have a receptacle within 3' of the basin an additional one is fine. ALL bathroom receps must be GFCI protected.

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    Default Re: Electrical Outlet in the bathroom

    Quote Originally Posted by dj1 View Post
    As far as I know, NEC says: in bathrooms outlets should be 4' high.
    Thanks for Replying, but I have seen it in new bathrooms where the outlet is located behind a toilet. That is 12" off the floor.

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    Default Re: Electrical Outlet in the bathroom

    Quote Originally Posted by dj1 View Post
    As far as I know, NEC says: in bathrooms outlets should be 4' high.
    Can you cite that code article?

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    Default Re: Electrical Outlet in the bathroom

    you can install an outlet anywhere in a bathroom except in the floor and you can install as many as you want. obviously the GFCI rule stands. and, to my knowledge, there's no rule that states there must be one within 3 feet of the basin. the old rule was that if there was an outlet within 3 feet of a basin that it must be a GFCI. but now, at least in massachusetts, all outlets in a bathroom and on a kitchen countertop must be GFCI protected. also, all bedrooms and the diningroom must have arc fault breakers.

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    Default Re: Electrical Outlet in the bathroom

    Quote Originally Posted by brrichter View Post
    Can you cite that code article?
    Correction: recommended to be 42" high (NECA.1-110.12)

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