Hidden bathroom outlets vs code

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Old 04-10-17, 09:45 AM
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Hidden bathroom outlets vs code

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I would like to install an outlet in the wall, below my bathroom sink i.e. inside the vanity.
I will have a dual sink vanity with drawers. The plan is to install an outlet on the wall behind these drawers, below vanity top. In other words, the same wall the pipes come out of for both sinks.
Is this code compliant or does it have to be visible & above sink for some reason?

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Old 04-10-17, 09:50 AM
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If that is to be the convenience receptacle then it needs to be mounted in site and within 3' of the edge of the sink.
 
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Old 04-10-17, 10:08 AM
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To clarify on what Pete said, you need at least one at the vanity counter top height within 3' of the basin edge. You may also have one under the sink or anywhere else in the bathroom if you wish. The only forbidden zone is inside the tub or shower footprint, I hope obviously.
 
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So what you're saying is that I CAN install an outlet below the counter top but there MUST be one above the sink also? What if the outlet installed below the counter top is still within 3 ft of the edge of the sink? Do I still need one above? Thanks!
 
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I CAN install an outlet below the counter top but there MUST be one above the sink also
Yes that is the code requirement.
 
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Ps. I found this picture which suggests an outlet can be installed anywhere within the 3ft radius....I'm so confused:
http://www.mikeholt.com/onlinetraini...99601683_2.jpg
 
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Old 04-10-17, 11:40 AM
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We are not saying you can't put one in the cabinet just there must also be one outside the cabinet. The required receptacle is called a convenience receptacle not an inconvenient hidden receptacle.
 
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Old 04-10-17, 12:55 PM
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The Mike Holt example used a free standing pedestal sink as an example, not a vanity. There would be no hidden areas with a pedestal. I have installed many under vanities as convenience recepticles for chargers, etc. BUT there must be one within sight and within 3' of the basin top, and I won't go into GFCI requirements on them.
 
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