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Old 10-16-2012, 12:57 PM   #1
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Adding 50 amp 220 v connection for hot tub - gfci


Hi I'm adding a 50 amp breaker in my panel to run 220 volt GFCI outside...this is for a hot tub. The run is from the panel in a closet, up about 1 ft...through drop ceiling..punching through the wall and surface mounted outside the wall...the hot tub will be about 15 feet in front of the gfci.

I do all of my electrical additions without problem...but I've never worked with 220 and want to make sure that I do it to code.

Can someone please direct me through the right size wire to use as well as which is the cheapest connectors to use while still using quality..etc.etc..all while staying in code?

Attached is the picture of the panel I'm connecting to. This is the basement panel... I also have a panel upstairs but it's full and further away.

I would appreciate it VERY much. Thank you
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I want quality goods while only going as high as I absolutely need to go in that price range.
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Try to familiarize yourself with the NEC and what is required for hot tubs/pools, there's a specific section of the NEC that talks about hot tubs. It's not easy to read at times but will give you the info. The hot tub mfg should also tell you what is typically needed to get the tub installed, although not code requirements. I ran my electric through my garage wall and then about 90' underground to the spa panel, all 6 ga copper wire (THHN/THWN, 4 wires), then ran 6 ga (3 wires) from there to the tub.

I bought a Siemans 60A spa panel on Amazon along with a Siemans 20A GFCI breaker for an accessory circuit. The 60A GFCI breaker was part of the panel. I'm not sure what you would need to do in order to run the wire through the house, I used schedule 40 PVC for the underground.

Overall good quality stuff? I don't know, I don't do enough electric work to determine, but the name is not an off brand and it's been working without a hitch for two weeks now, every day. None of it is inexpensive regardless, just your labor.
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