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Bathroom switch too close to shower

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Hi all, I am currently in construction of my home and I am in Canada. I have a four gang with four switches that is 2 feet from my shower. The shower has a glass door and also has a light that is rated for the shower and controlled by one of the switches. The walls in the house are now all drywalled and painted. It seems that the switches need to be more like 3 feet away even though because of the glass door there is no way you could reach the switches from inside the shower. I cant turn the 4 gang around and put the switches on the backside of the wall because that is in the walk in closet. It would be a big job too move the switches to another wall. Does anyone have any ideas of what i could do, or maybe have a different interpretation of the code that would allow me to leave it where it is? any help would be much appreciated!!!!!
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You can have the switches within 0.000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001" of the shower.
 

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Hi all, I am currently in construction of my home and I am in Canada. I have a four gang with four switches that is 2 feet from my shower. The shower has a glass door and also has a light that is rated for the shower and controlled by one of the switches. The walls in the house are now all drywalled and painted.
What's happening here? Looks like construction is finished (painted walls). Talk to the electrician that wired it. Perhaps the switch bank is fed by a GFCI of sorts.
 

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The switches are in the master bath and are on the same cct as the master bedroom so they are already protected by an afci breaker, even if they were under a gfci breaker would that be enough to satify code. The shower size was made larger after the electrician was done that is why it is now 2 feet away from switches.
 

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The switches are in the master bath and are on the same cct as the master bedroom so they are already protected by an afci breaker, even if they were under a gfci breaker would that be enough to satify code. The shower size was made larger after the electrician was done that is why it is now 2 feet away from switches.
If CEC does not have an exception for gfci then it may not be compliant. Personally I would not lose sleep over it.
 

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I would re-feed the switch bank from a GFI (bath plug?) (I see it's off the ARC Fault breaker).

Sometimes electricians don't put lighting on ARC Fault breakers. Canadian code just requires the receptacles. You sure it's on the ARC Fault?
 

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My usual resolve in this situation is put a deadfront/faceless GFCI in the 4g box. Have the 14/2 bring power in on the line, and then load out to the multiple switches. To make space for the GFCI, combine 2 of the switches into a 2 in 1 switch.
 

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Hi all, I am currently in construction of my home and I am in Canada. I have a four gang with four switches that is 2 feet from my shower. The shower has a glass door and also has a light that is rated for the shower and controlled by one of the switches. The walls in the house are now all drywalled and painted. It seems that the switches need to be more like 3 feet away even though because of the glass door there is no way you could reach the switches from inside the shower. I cant turn the 4 gang around and put the switches on the backside of the wall because that is in the walk in closet. It would be a big job too move the switches to another wall. Does anyone have any ideas of what i could do, or maybe have a different interpretation of the code that would allow me to leave it where it is? any help would be much appreciated!!!!!
Again, I say that the reason that plumbers get paid more is because electricians, even if they don't like a situation they look for shortcuts to allow them to to do the shortcut anyway. It is your home. Do you want us to tell you to keep the shower door closed? If I say it's okay will you place a sign in there telling your children to keep the door closed and not use the switches?
 

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Again, I say that the reason that plumbers get paid more is because electricians, even if they don't like a situation they look for shortcuts to allow them to to do the shortcut anyway. It is your home. Do you want us to tell you to keep the shower door closed? If I say it's okay will you place a sign in there telling your children to keep the door closed and not use the switches?
No shortcut was taken during the rough-in. OP said shower sizzle was changed after electrician had done the wiring. Wasn't notified of the change most likely so I would charge for the change order to move it or GFI if the HO does t want to go that route.
 
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