Outside switches

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by toolguy504, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. toolguy504

    toolguy504 DIY Junior Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Chalmette, Louisiana
    I have a covered porch and will be installing two fans on it. I would really like to put the switches on the exterrior side of the wall by the door rather then on the interrior side. Can I use the same boxes and switches as you would on the inside or do I need to put some type of exterrior weatherproof boxes and switches. Thanks. Earl
  2. Alectrician

    Alectrician DIY Senior Member

    Jun 15, 2007
    If the box is surface mounted it must be a weatherproof type.

    Cover plates too.

    Switches are the same.
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