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Old 04-23-2012, 05:56 PM   #1
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We're running a new electrical wire & wondering if it would be ok to place it where indicated in the pic... or should we cut out more wall to the left & get it away from the water lines?
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No problem at all unless it's in a shower or bathtub.
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No problem at all unless it's in a shower or bathtub.
Looks like a washing machine install to me.
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Actually the washer is located on the other side of the wall. The new junction box will be to wire a steam shower unit. The unit is a Mesa-608XP. Thanks for your replies!
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Actually the washer is located on the other side of the wall. The new junction box will be to wire a steam shower unit. The unit is a Mesa-608XP. Thanks for your replies!
I would recommend running your steamer cable to a disconnect for the steamer rather than a junction box.
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I'm not sure where the myth started that having electrical in the same wall cavity is a bad thing. Maybe it's just folks constantly being told water and electric don't mix, even though both will be well contained in this situation.

As others have said, there is absolutely no problem with this.
I will agree with brric though, typically we'd run the cable right into the back of a disconnect, then whip from that to the steam unit. A junction box is not necessary or needed.
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If you do decide to go with a junction box it must remain accessible.
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In a separate thread I had posted what I have...

Three power cords (water pump, heat pump, steam generator) & none of them currently have plugs. The specs are as follows: 3000W steam generator 110v - 30 amp GFCI breaker, 12 v lighting, 1.2 hp water pump 110 v - 30 amp GFCI breaker, & a 1500W heat pump 110v 12.5 amps. It says you can run the heat pump off the same circuit as the rest of the unit.

I asked what was the safest & cheapest way to wire this unit & what seemed to be a good response was: use a 30A double pole GFCI breaker, and run 10-3 cable. Put the steam generator on one half (black to white) and the water pump and heat pump on the other half (red to white). Direct wire it; no plugs.

I'm curious as to whether you still think I should go with a disconnect since how there are 3 individual units rather than just the steam generator?

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Do the units come with cords and plugs attached?
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Well, the steam generator and heat pump both need a form of disconnect.

This can be done many ways: a small panel, separate disconnects, one disconnect to a j-box, etc.
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This is what we decided to go with. I'd like input as to whether it sounds good. Thanks in advance!

Again, I have a Mesa-608XP steam shower unit with these specs: 3000W steam generator, 110v - 30 amp GFCI breaker, 1.2 HP water pump, 110v - 30 amp GFCI breaker and a 1500W 110v - 12.5 amps heat pump that says it can be run off the same circuit as the rest of the unit.

We're using a double pole 30 amp breaker in the main panel in the garage. Using 10-3 wire, connecting to a 60 amp gfci spa panel near the unit. Planning to double tap the steam generator & water pump (they won't ever be used at the same time) to one pole, and the heat pump to the other.
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This can be done many ways: a small panel, separate disconnects, one disconnect to a j-box, etc.
or a plug/receptacle
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You cannot use 10-3 on a 60 amp breaker.
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You cannot use 10-3 on a 60 amp breaker.
You CAN if there is a 30 Amp breaker upstream of the 60 Amp one. Read the OP's scenario again, you missed a sentence:
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We're using a double pole 30 amp breaker in the main panel in the garage....
The 60 Amp breaker is serving as the required disconnect and GFCI protection, not for overcurrent protection
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