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Hi,

We are extending our kitchen and putting a "dog washing station" in the corner of the room which is basically a small shower cubical with a bidet hose (hose is going to be plumbed in about 1M above the ground level)

Do you know what the legal requirements would be in terms of electrics nearby for this? Nobody seems to know.

I understand if it was a normal shower then sockets need to be 3M's away

Thanks
 
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Welcome to the forum.
IMO. I would treat it as a shower and use the same rules.
 
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Which i guess is tricky as the kitchen is open plan?

surely there needs to be walls defining the edge of the bathroom or is it literally just 3 meters from the outer wall of the shower base?
 
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Maybe there is something we could do differently with the dog washing station to make it acceptable to have electrics nearby?

If you google pictures "dog washing station" then quite alot of the pictures show nearby electrical devices
 

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Maybe there is something we could do differently with the dog washing station to make it acceptable to have electrics nearby?

If you google pictures "dog washing station" then quite alot of the pictures show nearby electrical devices
What electrical devices are needed near the washing station?
For drying the dogs can you not just move them away from the wash station and then dry them?
 

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or use a towel like us peasants do. hair dryers are for poofdas poodles.
 

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No socket from egde of shower for 3 meters.
This is the rule for a room containing a bath or shower as well as other rules.
Link on post 4 says it all.

Other rules are any circuits supplying or passing through a room containing a bath or shower should be RCD protected.
 

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Unless your dogs are showering themselves, the humans are primarily the main concern. Just pointing that out.
 

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I agree with the advice/comments made. Treat as a shower basin. Special location regs apply. What does the electrical contractor your using say?
 

davesparks

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I would say you need to take the regulations for showers and maybe apply a little bit of a a common sense adjustment to suit your particular scenario.
 

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It's probably not that different to a sink with a spray hose type thing.

The regs for bath and shower are primarily for the butt nakedness and covered in water thing.
At least that is my understanding of it.
 
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We aren’t using one yet, was hoping to just get it signed off instead

Apparently BS7671 doesn’t apply to dogs but it does to sheep and cows but like you say dogs don’t wash themselves!

I think I can get away with sticking to the zones but might struggle with the tv the wife wants!

There is one socket with 2metres but it’s in a cupboard with a brick back to it (previous outside wall) so I assume that’s ok? The brick side is facing the shower.

Also there is another existing socket about 2.8 metres but is Round a corner (30cm brick wall). Not sure about this one

Can I just install a 12v TV in there and keep the transformer a good distance away?
 
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Basically we are having our kitchen extended and in the corner of the new extension we are having this dog wash station but now some of the preexisting kitchen bits are going to be within the 3metres. I was only going to get the spark to sign off the new wiring we do though

We are doing the build to building regs however but I don’t think the inspector is interested in any of the electrics as long as it’s been signed off?
 
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