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    Distribution board over toilet

    No bath and no shower, but can you have the distribution board over the toilet?

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    The db is also about 2.2m away from the hand basin.

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    I hope that,s not in a bar, nor at a club where Alch gets more than distribution and control... U never know someone might slip off his balance
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    I suppose it is a smelly situation.
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    As far as I know it wouldn't breach the regs apart from maybe being easily accessible for emergency supply isolation if the cubicle/bathroom is in use and locked.
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    After some careful thought, we're going to apply

    6.6.1.7 A distribution board shall not be mounted

    c) within a radius of 1m from a water tap or valve (in the same room), unless the enclosure provides a degree of protection of at least IP44.

    The next question, given the design - would it be acceptable to insert a rubber strip to seal the door edge against the cover?
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    Hmm, I thought the sink was 2 meters away so you must be referring to the toilet flush...which is plastic. To be honest I suspect the enclosure might be IP 44 as it stands even without a rubber door gasket. All the panels with door gaskets that I have in my stock are IP55 or better, I just checked. From what I can see in the photos I would just take a laissez faire stance on this one and give it the benefit of the doubt.

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    Yep - it's the toilet cistern refill valve I'm concerned about. And I believe requiring IP44 is fair enough to cover water flying around if something went faulty there.

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    To be honest I suspect the enclosure might be IP 44 as it stands even without a rubber door gasket.
    Thanks for that guidance - very helpful.
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    You're welcome Dave. Did the setup in the photos pass muster 'as is' or is it still a contentious issue?
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    Nope, the photos did the trick as is and I managed to join the dots.

    For IP44 the circuit breakers must be covered, not open - but the cover doesn't have to be tightly sealed at the joint to the db (which would make it IP55)
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