My master bathroom and walk-in closet share a wall, the wall behind
the vanity. I don't know what the original owner was thinking but
above the 36", single-bowl vanity there are 3(!) double outlets. One
is in a 2-gang box with the switch for the light above the sink. The
other two are at the other end of the vanity in their own 2-gang box.
It's overkill and it's ugly.
I know I can't take out the extra outlets and bury the box but I'm
contemplating cutting into the closet wall and just flipping the box
around so that the outlets (or a blank plate) face into the closet
then patching the plaster in the bathroom. Is there any code or
safety issue with this plan? (I know code varies slightly from place
to place. I'm looking for a general answer.) TIA.
Assuming the outlets are daisy chained together, you may be able to
completely kill the offending outlets from an upstream location. If
necessary, the NEC has no restriction on installing a blanked junction box
in a closet
On Mon, 16 Feb 2009 14:20:29 -0800 (PST), Christopher Nelson
I moved a master closet door and light switch to an opposite wall. The
former door space became a door size medicine/storage space recessed
in the wall.
Now we enter the walk-in master closet from the bedroom, instead the
Speak to electricians and what material/code compliance will be
Probably daisy-chained together, and if you can figure which one is the
upstream end (hopefully the one with the switch), you can break the
circuit there and bury away, abandoning the wire in the wall. (Assuming
no other outlets are downstream that you do want to keep, of course.)
Where is the GFCI for the bathroom? At the breaker, or at one of the
outlets in question? If you don't have one, you need one.
But having said all that- A lot of work for very little benefit, and
come sale time, lots of outlets are a plus. Electric toothbrush, razor,
curling iron, etc. I'd just slap one of those flat nightlights over the
extra one and not worry about it. Maybe carefully spraypaint the covers,
or even the fixtures, to make them blend in better.
If you do flip them into the closet, I'd leave the outlets in the box,
unless local code forbids it. Bedroom outlets always seem to be full or
buried, and it is nice to have a spare to plug in vacuum cleaners or
tools or whatever.
One requirement to keep in mind is that the circuit serving the
bathroom receptacles can't serve any loads outside the bathroom. So
if you flip one box around to face the closet, you'll have to remove
the receptacle and just blank it off.
I wouldnt do it.....
you need the light switch
we have 8 outlets in bath, 4 duplex receptables and i have seen them
all in use
1 for wifes hair dryer
1 for wifes curling iron
1 for a nite light
1 for the vacuumn used in hall
1 for the electric toothbrush
1 to charge the hair shears foir my buzz cut
1 for wifes electric hair rollers
this all on a 36 inch sink although some stuff hangs on hooks the
at home resale time the extra outlets will be a sales plus item
plug in a nite light to cover the extra outlets if they really bother
you that much
When the code for bathroom wiring changed from requiring a GFCI protected
outlet on a general lighting circuit, to a dedicated 20 amp circuit, they
didn't want anything reducing the capacity of the circuit, probably so 1800
watt hair dryers could work
I would do this. See, with 4 left in the bathroom, thats 4 more than I have
(grin, no outlets in any of my bathrooms, older house built before folks
thought they'd need'em). 4 works well and is more than most people have.
The only time I see 3, one of them is located down lower on another wall and
used to run a spare (bathroom safe) heater in cold climate places.
Now, adding an outlet to the walk in closet is a benefit if it doesnt have
one. It provides a spot to run a hand held clothes steamer, hang an
electric rechargable small vacumn cleaner, all sorts of things.
Were I buying your house, I would be more attracted by the ability to plug
in 4 things in the bathroom and 2 in the closet, than 6 in the bathroom and
none in the closet. I may be weird though! Depending on the shape and size
of the walkin, I'd be delighted to find a wall mount flip down small touch
up ironing board and an outlet right in there with a wall mount iron holder
(safety design, they make them for this).
Moving the box seems like a lot of work for a minor annoyance. Especially
considering all the hair driers, curling irons, hair curlers, clippers, and
other items that need power in a bathroom.
If it's just the two outlets in one box bugging you, you could remove one
of the outlets and use a 2-gang cover that is blank on one side. Any home
center should carry these.
If you're going to the trouble to cut out the old box, you could easily
replace it with a single gang box. However, if there's a lot of wires
coming into the box, you may be better off with a two gang box with a
single gang mudring on the front. This will retain the capacity of a larger
box with the opening of a single gang box.
An outlet in a closet may prove useful. We have one in ours and keep
the vacuum plugged into it all the time.
I also find it to be a very convienent place to keep my cell phone and
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