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Topic Title: Bathroom Zones
Topic Summary: Area Above Wash Basin
Created On: 18 April 2013 04:01 PM
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 18 April 2013 04:01 PM
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rougediablo

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Is the area above a wash basin considered to be in Zone 2 in a bathroom?

Nothing in the BGB but a diagram I've seen eleswhere shows it as Zone 2 up to 60cm above. Basin in question is more than 60cm from edge of bath/shower so outside of Zone 2.
 18 April 2013 04:08 PM
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geoffsd

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No. Not zone 2 because of basin.

You don't stand in it.
 18 April 2013 04:11 PM
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AJJewsbury

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Certainly not in BS 7671 - but like you I've seen it in some pretty pictures distributed by certain retailers. If I was feeling charitable I might suggest it was a simple way for the retailers to merge manufacturer's requirements and BS 7671's more general requirements (e.g. suitable for the environment and equipment not being splashproof) into the more specific special locations requirements, but I don't often feel that way.

They also seem to think that a window recess is automatically zone 2 too - which makes me think they're driven more by FUD than logic.

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 18 April 2013 04:17 PM
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rougediablo

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That's what I thought, plumbers been feeding the people a good line in b******t.

He also told them the lights he's altered (changed a single centre fitting for downlighters) & the fan he's fitted off the lighting circuit didn't need a MWEIC & that the work was non notifiable under Part P.
 18 April 2013 04:35 PM
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AJJewsbury

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& that the work was non notifiable under Part P

If outside zones, that's true since 6th April.
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 18 April 2013 04:49 PM
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rougediablo

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Originally posted by: AJJewsbury

& that the work was non notifiable under Part P


If outside zones, that's true since 6th April.

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Not in Wales
 18 April 2013 04:53 PM
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daveparry1

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Now not notifiable but should still have an MWC!

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 18 April 2013 04:56 PM
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AJJewsbury

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Not in Wales

Good point!
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 18 April 2013 05:08 PM
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rougediablo

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I also doubt he's put any RCD preotection for the modified part of the circuit (as I doubt there's any at the CU) or that he's checked that the main bonding is adequate.

Job is a bathroom refit at the inlaws & I think I may have opened a large metal container full of earth dewlling creatures here

Will call round at the weekend for a look.



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 18 April 2013 05:12 PM
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geoffsd

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Outside zones wasn't notifiable before April 6 either,

so, still not notifiable in Wales
 18 April 2013 05:22 PM
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rougediablo

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Originally posted by: geoffsd

Outside zones wasn't notifiable before April 6 either,



so, still not notifiable in Wales


You sure? Have a look at page 8

Part P
 18 April 2013 05:28 PM
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geoffsd

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I'm sure.

Better still, look at schedule 4 - the actual law - old rules.
Bottom of page - definition of special locations.

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/...0/2214/schedule/4/made
 19 April 2013 09:07 AM
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rougediablo

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Originally posted by: geoffsd

I'm sure.



Better still, look at schedule 4 - the actual law - old rules.

Bottom of page - definition of special locations.



http://www.legislation.gov.uk/...0/2214/schedule/4/made


I stand corrected.

I spoke to someone at the Building Control & he initially said definitely Part P notifiable. I then asked him to look the last item in Section 4 on the link you posted.

He then said it looks like it's not notifiable if outside the Zones but we would still ask for it, when I asked how they could enforce it if it was not part of Building Regs he said they couldn't.
 19 April 2013 09:56 AM
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AJJewsbury

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Nice to see that such cock-ups aren't the exclusive territory of JPEL/64 !
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 19 April 2013 12:50 PM
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Wasn`t zone 3 applicable in BS 7671 2008(2) ?

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 19 April 2013 02:02 PM
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Zone 3 was omitted when we changed from 16th to 17th edition
 19 April 2013 02:06 PM
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I was trying to remember when that was.
The OP about zone shown round a hand basin - I think someone made an initial mistake and a lot of manufacturers then copied that mistake

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 19 April 2013 02:23 PM
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I was trying to remember when that was.

Last 16th Ed was BS 7671:1992 AMD 2 (March 2004) - which will have been superseded by the 17th in Jan 2008 (or slightly later if you were already in the design stage).
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 19 April 2013 04:32 PM
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Originally posted by: AJJewsbury

I was trying to remember when that was.


Last 16th Ed was BS 7671:1992 AMD 2 (March 2004) - which will have been superseded by the 17th in Jan 2008 (or slightly later if you were already in the design stage).

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What about BS 7671 : 2001 Blue cover

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 19 April 2013 04:35 PM
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AJJewsbury

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Opps, yes, you're right, the last 16th was BS 7671:2001 AMD 2 (March 2004).
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