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Old September 7th 05, 07:06 PM
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I am planning to add an small electric baseboard heater to a bathroom.
What are the electrical code rules as far as locating the heater and wall
mounted thermostat? The ideal location would have the heater no
closer than 1 foot from the bathtub. The thermostat would be on the wall
along side the vanity sink. The baseboard heater is from a company called
Hydro-Sil in NC. It is a sealed hydronic design which limits the temperature
exposed surfaces. They claim that their products are sealed enough to be
"Marine rated". The thermostat design is "slighty" open to allow for air
flow.
Any issues with the proximity to the sink? GFCI? (Tough to find 220V GFCI
breakers.)

Larry



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Larry wrote:
I am planning to add an small electric baseboard heater to a bathroom.
What are the electrical code rules as far as locating the heater and wall
mounted thermostat? The ideal location would have the heater no
closer than 1 foot from the bathtub. The thermostat would be on the wall
along side the vanity sink. The baseboard heater is from a company called
Hydro-Sil in NC. It is a sealed hydronic design which limits the temperature
exposed surfaces. They claim that their products are sealed enough to be
"Marine rated". The thermostat design is "slighty" open to allow for air
flow.
Any issues with the proximity to the sink? GFCI? (Tough to find 220V GFCI
breakers.)

Larry


Greetings,

I would install it enough off the floor to not have to worry about
water on the floor touching it. Have you calculated the number of BTU
that you need? Many heaters will run off of 120V at 1/2 the BTU output
if you wanted to GFCI protect the unit more cheaply. I have several
electric heaters in my bathrooms and none are GFCI protected which is
of course the cheapest option of all.

Hope this helps,
William

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Old September 7th 05, 09:38 PM
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"Larry" wrote in message
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I am planning to add an small electric baseboard heater to a bathroom.
What are the electrical code rules as far as locating the heater and wall
mounted thermostat? The ideal location would have the heater no
closer than 1 foot from the bathtub. The thermostat would be on the wall
along side the vanity sink. The baseboard heater is from a company called
Hydro-Sil in NC. It is a sealed hydronic design which limits the

temperature
exposed surfaces. They claim that their products are sealed enough to be
"Marine rated". The thermostat design is "slighty" open to allow for air
flow.
Any issues with the proximity to the sink? GFCI? (Tough to find 220V GFCI
breakers.)

Larry



I sure would not install a electric heater one foot from a tub, even with
gfci protection. Seems like an accident waiting to happen.
Best call the local authorities and see if they have issues with your
planned installation.


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Old September 7th 05, 11:11 PM
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If your bathtub is not a spa, your heater and thermostat, regardless of
voltage are within NEC requirements, however if the manufacturer has
specific installation instructions or requirements like GFCI protection, you
must follow them


"Larry" wrote in message
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I am planning to add an small electric baseboard heater to a bathroom.
What are the electrical code rules as far as locating the heater and wall
mounted thermostat? The ideal location would have the heater no
closer than 1 foot from the bathtub. The thermostat would be on the wall
along side the vanity sink. The baseboard heater is from a company called
Hydro-Sil in NC. It is a sealed hydronic design which limits the
temperature
exposed surfaces. They claim that their products are sealed enough to be
"Marine rated". The thermostat design is "slighty" open to allow for air
flow.
Any issues with the proximity to the sink? GFCI? (Tough to find 220V GFCI
breakers.)

Larry




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Old September 8th 05, 12:08 AM
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"Larry" wrote in message
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I am planning to add an small electric baseboard heater to a bathroom.
What are the electrical code rules as far as locating the heater and wall
mounted thermostat? The ideal location would have the heater no
closer than 1 foot from the bathtub. The thermostat would be on the wall
along side the vanity sink. The baseboard heater is from a company called
Hydro-Sil in NC. It is a sealed hydronic design which limits the

temperature
exposed surfaces. They claim that their products are sealed enough to be
"Marine rated". The thermostat design is "slighty" open to allow for air
flow.
Any issues with the proximity to the sink? GFCI? (Tough to find 220V GFCI
breakers.)

Larry



As local codes can vary the only ones who can tell you for sure will be the
local utility or city hall.
Get a permit and do it right.

AMUN




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