We're remodeling the kitchen and I am going to replace the outlets and
Is the switch that turns off power to the dishwasher a normal 15 amp switch?
I dont see any for sale that are red.
Whats the reason for it being red?
Dont know about code for this.
Over the counter above the dishwasher is an outlet, a red switch that
controls the outlet the dishwasher is plugged into ( outlet its underneath
the cabinets behind the dishwasher) and a switch for the light above the
The shut of switch for the boiler/furnace is in the kitchen on another wall
and it also is red.
Is this by any chance a modular or mobile home? They might have different
Again, here where I am (Wisconsin), I have never seen such a shutoff switch for
dishwasher or a boiler/furnace.
In older homes in Northern Virginia & DC there was such a "red" switch at
the top of the stairs that would kill power to the furnace controls. The
cover place was also RED with white letering explaining the function. If
you didn't know different you would think the switch controlled the basement
lights. The idea was that if something seems VERY WRONG with the furnace
you would not have to go down into the basement (which often didn't have an
outside entrance) to kill power to the furnace.
I've have seen the switch both with natural gas and fuel oil installations.
Couple hundred for permits? You must live in an expensive community.
And I like to play by the rules. I don't need the fear of doing the job wrong,
finding out insurance won't cover the damages caused by illegal wiring, plumbing
Or the consequences that could occur later when trying to sell a home with
work done inside.
Play by the rules, sleep well at night. If you are so bold to think you're too
to ever make a mistake that a proper inspection could have caught, that's up to
I know I'm not God, I've made plenty of mistakes in my lifetime. Maybe that's
I've learned to be cautious and do things the right way.
The red switch dates back to the days when oil burners were common
(and before that, coal stokers) although I understand that they are
still used a lot on the East Coast of the US.
Local codes varied, but the general idea was that the red switch
should be placed near the entrance of whatever room the oil burner was
in (usually the basement). If the oil burner was faulty or smoking,
the red switch was easily identified as the emergency power cutoff.
Also, the red color helped minimize confusing the switch for the room
I've never seen a red separate under-counter switch for dishwasher,
but its possible that local codes required them. I remember that
back in the sixties, when dishwashers were still somewhat of a novel
item, some local codes required a cut-off switch AND a fuseholder, at
the same point.
Presumably, the idea was that when the repairman was poking around the
dishwasher, he could insure that the power was turned off locally and
avoid the unpleasantness of someone accidently putting the fuse back
in at the main panel. (In the case of an apartment, the fusebox might
be located 2 stories away in the basement - and maybe only the janitor
could get into the basement. ) Such was typical of the old practice.
These days, most circuit breaker panels are located inside the
dwelling unit) I'm not sure what the point of having an extra
My outside air conditioner compressor has an outside fused cutout and
an interior circuit breaker at the service entrance.
its code in the chicago area to have a way to turn off power to the dish
washer locally.A friends mom in a burb by chicago could not sell her home
till it was up to code including putting a switch in the cab.next to the
Chuckle. Previous owner probably worked in an industrial environment, and
had an Unfortunate Experience with a leaky dishwasher at some point. The Big
Red Switch is a nice thing to have, sometimes. I had a washing machine leak
and catch fire on me once, and as I was standing there in bare wet feet, I
recall thinking a cutoff over by the door would be damn handy....
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