Basement bathroom remodel - Single 15A circuit
I bought this 13-year old house 6 months ago. The basement bathroom is weird, having two doors on one end. I want to add a wall with a door to create a hallway and a smaller bathroom.
Normally the door would be a left-hand open, inward - but that would cover up the existing light & fan switches (in dual gang switch box). So I was planning to relocate the switches to the right side of the new door inside the bathroom in the new wall. And The GFCI outlet would be partially covered by the new wall, so I would have to have to move the GFCI outlet, planned to also be in the new wall near the light and fan switches.
But upon further investigation, I'm a little worried: Both light/fan switches and GFCI outlet and protected outlet are all on one 15 A breaker circuit with 14 gauge wire. I'm guessing this is not to current code. This means that if I change or add anything (ie. spliced wire to relocate switches and outlet?), the bathroom circuit would have to be upgraded to 20A/12gauge, something I donÃ¯Â¿Â½t want to take on right now. So, IÃ¯Â¿Â½m looking for alternate plans that wonÃ¯Â¿Â½t require any types of changes to the existing electrical that would require permit and inspection
1. For example, if I made the door to right-hand open (a little awkward to use, but acceptable), I would still need to move the current light & fan switch about 4" to the right in the same wall: without rewiring anything, I could attach the junction box to a stud that is 8" away. My understanding is that moving switches a little bit does not require permit/inspection: is that right?
2. The other end of the planned wall would partially cover the GFCI outlet. It only needs to move 1.5" to be clear, but it would have to go to the other side of the stud. The existing outlet is a 20A GFCI on 15A circuit Ã¯Â¿Â½ so I could remove it and put 15A unit on declaring the 20A one "defective" Ã¯Â¿Â½ so replacement is simple maintenance. Or not?
Would you expect these changes to fall under the "maintenance type work" as described in the FAQs?
"Generally, maintenance type electrical work does not require a permit if the work is limited to minor repair or replacement of existing defective or worn out equipment such as switches, receptacles & light fixtures."
This post was edited by Jimboha on Sun, Dec 29, 13 at 23:59