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Bathroom wiring problems

Posted by sage78 (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 1, 13 at 16:52

I'm pretty sure this is wrong but wanted to post to verify.

House has two half baths and two full.

Breaker #9 (15 amp)
Basement hall light
basement bath light, fan and GFI rec
basement family room receptacles (6) and pot lights (6)
living room receptacles (6)
Main fl bath light, fan and GFI rec
2nd fl guest bath light, fan and GFI receptacle

The other baths may be wrong too.

Is there any situation where this may be allowed? House was built in 1973.


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RE: Bathroom wiring problems

Wrong now? or wrong in 1973?

What is your concern? Certainly wouldn't see that today with the current NEC code but existing homes are grandfathered until you do additional work which then requires bringing it up to current code.

RE: Bathroom wiring problems

I'm selling the house and I'd rather not have to redo wiring. The bathrooms are the only thing that seem to be miswired according to current code. I've updated them with new toilets and vanities but not wiring. I guess my concern is the future buyers inspection.

RE: Bathroom wiring problems

You're not required to bring it up to current code if you just replaced the vanity and toilet. It would have needed to meet the code at whatever time the work was done.

The home inspector may quibble, but that's the reality of construction. Otherwise we all would be ripping our houses apart with every code change.

RE: Bathroom wiring problems

I can not imagine the home inspector is going to map out all of the circuits in the house. He will check for GFCI protection where currently required (but maybe not when built) and verify that no wires are doubled up on breakers or connected to oversized breakers. That is about it I would guess.

RE: Bathroom wiring problems

'no wires are doubled up on breakers"

Some breakers are listed for double tapping.
Ones that are not you just use a wire nut and a pigtail over to the breaker.

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