I've just been told by a bathroom company, somewhat to my surprise, that
current regs forbid washing machines in bathrooms.
I thought they were allowed assuming
- outside Zone 2
- No socket, wired in
- proper protection on the circuit.
Can someone confirm or deny this?
Since you have no other reply, I'll guess that it's because no-one has
yet tested a washing machine for ingress protection.
It's an interesting question though. I hope someone has a more
From the horse's mouth:
"Washing machines and tumble dryers may be installed in a bathroom
provided they are:
* supplied from a switched fused flex outlet installed outside the
zones (socket outlets are only allowed 3 m horizontally from the
boundary of zone 1);
* protected by a 30 mA RCD;
* and permitted for such installation by the manufacturer."
It's the last one that's likely to give you trouble - unless the
manufacturer says it's OK in a bathroom, then it's not allowed.
Actually their plugs have two good features:
1) They yank out of the socket instead of damaging the cord when you pull the hoover too far.
2) They don't tend to lie on the floor prongs up in the air ready for your bare foot.
Take notice: when this sign is under water, this road is impassable.
Yes. They'd last far better in some outside damp utility room.
I'd guess my kitchen has at least as 'unfriendly' atmospheric conditions
as my bathroom. The tiles certainly need cleaning more frequently.
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Many years ago, grandmother was staying at my parents' house
(it was probably over Christmas). She decided to make a cake
one afternoon. Fortunately, someone spotted her carefully
measuing out 4oz of dishwasher detergent powder on the scales,
before it went into the cake...
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