According to the NEC, is it permitted to put an electrical junction box inside a dishwasher bay behind the actual dishwasher?

If it ever had to be reached, which I hope is never, the dishwasher would need to be removed.

The junction box would not be supplying power to the dishwasher but supplying other ends. I.E. it is a separate circuit than that of the dishwasher circuit.

  • Does it supply only the dishwasher? Apr 8, 2020 at 20:01
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    Assume the wiring coming in behind the DW is fixed and cannot be replaced
    – amphibient
    Apr 8, 2020 at 20:13
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    It might but the thing is there are 4 cables and, to avoid overcrowdedness under the sink, I would like some JBs to be behind the DW. Having 3-4 JB around the plumbing is not my idea of clean and minimalist
    – amphibient
    Apr 8, 2020 at 20:51
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    @SteveSh -- a JB behind a fridge isn't an issue since you can stick a receptacle there Apr 8, 2020 at 23:21
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    @stevesh look up accessible in the definitions of the code book. I make panels designed to be removed all the time I usually use some trim to hide the cut As long as the finish is not messed up it is cool I use Velcro but an inspector told me screws are ok.
    – Ed Beal
    Apr 8, 2020 at 23:33

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Use a Non-Metallic (NM) splice kit; these are allowed in a wall without a box, as per NEC 334.40(b). These run about $15.00, maybe more. A box can be accessible behind a panel designed to be removable, but a dishwasher would not meet that requirement for accessibility.

Added : tyco non metallic splice , 2 wire non metallic splice, 3 wire non metallic splice will all bring up the models available 14-21$ from what I saw today. I have a few, just in case I cut a cable in a wall. I have no association with any of the mfg’s it is a product that has saved me time and $.

  • Did our edits collide? :/ Apr 8, 2020 at 23:28
  • @threephaseeel ? Not sure on edits I added the names so they were not just in the comments.
    – Ed Beal
    Apr 9, 2020 at 11:16

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