This seems to be a question that comes up occasionally but a Google trawl
hasn't turned up all the information that I need so I was hoping someone can
give me a definite answer. Maybe I'm not Goggling effectively enough so if
the info is out there and I haven't found it - sorry!
My situation is that I'm putting a tumble drier into my bathroom; it's a
good 1.5m away from the bath so as far as I can gather that puts it into
Zone C according to the IEE regulations which is ok for such a machine. So
far so good. However, in my airing cupboard, also located in a Zone C area,
is the pump that services the power-shower and this is powered from a
standard power socket. I was going to use this socket to also supply the
drier (albeit not at the same time as using the pump). The socket is deep in
the depths of the cupboard and has an extremely remote chance of being
sprayed by anything. Equally the cable running to the socket from the drier
will be a good meter away from the bath. I know this isn't ideal but can
anyone see anything dodgy about this?
Dodginess aplenty. The relaxations which created the Zones, allowing
fixed appliances and normal fittings in Zone 3 and outside the Zones, firmly
continue *not* to allow standard 13A sockets, as it's considered (rightly
in my unqualified opinion) much too tempting for some mumpty to plug in
some portable appliance or other - hair dryer being just one of the
obvious ones - with which they proceed to electrocute themselves the more
efficiently through all that earth-reference cross-bonded metalwork all around.
But making it undodgy is not hard at all. Replace the single standard power
socket with a pair of fused connection units. (You've got them in a
cupboard, so can use a surface-mounting dual box to avoid any chanelling
out; and you can run one of them - marginally preferably the one to the
power-shower-pump since that's the smaller load - as a spur off the other
one, should you be unlucky enough to have incoming cables too short to
reach another few inches along. As they're both FCUs it's also OK if that
shower-pump socket is itself a spur, since the Fs in the FCUs will provide
overload protection for the feeding cable.) With FCUs there's no longer
anywhere for mumpty to plug in portable applianceses.
HTH - Stefek
I'd rather work with you than some of the 'qualified'
peeps I get to work with.
At work we're now allowed to not bond/earth some
equipment parts where the risk outweighs the benefit
Good stuff as usual Stefak
In an endeavour to electrocute myself I use an extension lead to
get power to my hair cutting gadget in the bathroom - where there's a
will there's a way.
(RCD's do not work the 'other' side of a transformer)
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