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Old 05-24-2013, 09:42 PM   #1
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Hopefully someone can clarify what I cant find in the NEC canada code book.
When mounting my outdoor gfci disconnect switch from my hottub I have read comments online that it needs to be 10' away from the water. I have also read posts where its been said it can be closer since its gfci protected in the disconnect..

Hopefully someone can clarify, thank you.Cheers

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Old 05-24-2013, 10:04 PM   #2
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680.41 Emergency Switch for Spas and Hot Tubs.

A clearly labeled emergency shutoff or control switch for the purpose of stopping the motor(s) that provide power to the recirculation system and jet system shall be installed at a point readily accessible to the users and not less than 1.5 m (5 ft) away, adjacent to, and within sight of the spa or hot tub. This requirement shall not apply to single-family dwellings.

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680.41 Emergency Switch for Spas and Hot Tubs.

A clearly labeled emergency shutoff or control switch for the purpose of stopping the motor(s) that provide power to the recirculation system and jet system shall be installed at a point readily accessible to the users and not less than 1.5 m (5 ft) away, adjacent to, and within sight of the spa or hot tub. This requirement shall not apply to single-family dwellings.
Philly, did you read the last sentence? That section does not apply, but the 5' from the tub to the disconnect still applies, just under another code section.


To the OP, in the US, the disconnect must be 5' away from the tub.

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Here in France the disconnect for hot tub is 2 meter max distance but for commercal useage it will be 1.5 meter or on the hottub itself depending on the local codes we get into.

But I know in USA side it will be 1.5 meter however check with your local codes they may change it so be aware for any last minuite changes.

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680.41 Emergency Switch for Spas and Hot Tubs.

A clearly labeled emergency shutoff or control switch for the purpose of stopping the motor(s) that provide power to the recirculation system and jet system shall be installed at a point readily accessible to the users and not less than 1.5 m (5 ft) away, adjacent to, and within sight of the spa or hot tub. This requirement shall not apply to single-family dwellings.

Yes min 5' .... Max 50'

Must be line of sight... Lol yea same thing sorry was going fast
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Ok I yield ...lol. 680.12 then...
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Yes min 5' .... Max 50'

Must be line of sight... Lol yea same thing sorry was going fast
Not to start anything , it's the same thing, so why does code go to the trouble of addressing "this does not apply to SFR's"


I'm sure there is an explanation... just my criticism of code being so complex and often confusing, clearly time consuming, that I sometimes think it's designed intentionally to be it's own industry.
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Not to start anything , it's the same thing, so why does code go to the trouble of addressing "this does not apply to SFR's"


I'm sure there is an explanation... just my criticism of code being so complex and often confusing, clearly time consuming, that I sometimes think it's designed intentionally to be it's own industry.
Because the emergency switch that the code refers to is not nearly the same thing as a service disconnect.
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Not to start anything , it's the same thing, so why does code go to the trouble of addressing "this does not apply to SFR's"


I'm sure there is an explanation... just my criticism of code being so complex and often confusing, clearly time consuming, that I sometimes think it's designed intentionally to be it's own industry.
Just my guess, but in commercial atmospheres, I nice big red mushroom button is easy to spot and engage when people get into a panic situation.
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