Renovating Bathroom- Electrical Code

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  1. Chris Wagner

    Chris Wagner Member

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    Hello all,

    Recently demoed our 5x8 kids second floor bathroom. Currently it has one receptacle that is tied in with the master bathroom receptacles and then run to a GFCI receptacle in the garage.
    The lights and fans are on a separate circuit.

    The only thing we are adding is a recessed light above the shower(with proper trim).

    I have read current code is separate 20amp circuit run for each bathroom. Does this bathroom need brought up to code or can we still use existing setup?

    Thanks!
     
  2. hj

    hj Master Plumber

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    Connect the light to the existing lighting circuit and do NOT TOUCH the receptacle wiring.
     
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  4. Chris Wagner

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    So aslong as I dont touch the existing receptacle the bathroom doesnt need to be brought up to current code?

    Would the recessed can above the shower need to be GFCI protected? If so I guess that rules out taking it off the existing receptacle
     
  5. Reach4

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    I would hate to think there would be something preventing replacing an existing non-GFI bathroom outlet with a GFI outlet.
     
  6. hj

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    I had this discussion else where, and while I believe that if you can touch the fixture while in the shower it should have a GFCI, others stated that that requirement is NOT in the electrical code.
     
  7. Chris Wagner

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    Reach- The outlet is GFI protected, reset is just in garage.

    hj- that was my thinking, I was thing of running it from the outlet that is GFI protected but Im not sure if that changes everything where the bathroom needs to be brought up to code
     
  8. hj

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    Not enough of a change to require that, and if you do not have an inspection, then it is a moot point.
     
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