Originally Posted by secutanudu
1) Does a laundry circuit need gfci protection? I have no sink in the laundry room. Is there any reason NOT to GFCI-protect it (assuming it is not required in the first place)?
NEC 2008 210.8(A)(7) indicates that GFCI protected outlets are needed in laundry and utility rooms where receptacles are installed within 6' of the edge of a sink. So if you have a laundry room without a sink, it sounds like GFCI is not REQUIRED...
But you also indicated this laundry room is in the basement. Basements require GFCI protected outlets.
On a personal note, the washing machine is a water related device itself. As such, I personally like the idea of the outlet for the washing machine to be GFCI protected.