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Old 02-12-2008, 09:55 AM   #1
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Hi all,

I'm in the final stages of a basement remodel and I have a code question...

My new laundry will be set up along the back wall of the room (from left to right) like this: Wash machine, clothes dryer, laundry sink. As is, the new dryer receptacle (4-wire) is located less than 12" from the edge of the Laundry sink.

I had the inspector here today, and he said everything else looked great, but he had to check the code for the dryer receptacle. He said I may need to put a 30amp gfi breaker in the panel.

Since those are kind of pricey, I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts or could cite an NEC exemption if there is one.

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Only 120V, 15 and 20A receptacles within six feet of a laundry sink are required to be GFCI protected. The dryer is 120/240V, 30A, so there is no NEC requirement for GFCI protection.

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Tell the inspector to look at 210.8(A) of the NEC. The first statement of this article is:

"All 125-volt, single phase, 15- and 20- ampere receptacles installed in the locations specified in (1) through (8) shall have ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection for personnel."

The key here is "125-volt, single phase, 15- and 20- ampere..." Since the dryer circuit is 240-volt 30-ampere, you are A-OK.

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Thanks guys - much appreciated...

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Are you serious???? The inspector actually said that????

WOW!

If this is completely true that man has NO place doing electrical inspections.
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Speedy, the upshot is that he didn't flag it outright, he did say he'd check.

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