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Old 08-11-2012, 02:24 PM   #1
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we have to install an outlet for a jetted bathtub and need to know if there is a distance requirement for the elec. outlet. The tub came with a power cord with a plug (110) attached so do we have to install a dedicated plug, on the wall or the floor and can it be a regular GFCI plug on a standard circuit? Where does it need to be placed.

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well first question is what does the manual for the tub say, it will tell you the draw and if it suggests using a dedicated circuit. As for the gfci i can say it would need one here but you'll have to wait for someone better versed in the nec to chime in.

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we have to install an outlet for a jetted bathtub and need to know if there is a distance requirement for the elec. outlet. The tub came with a power cord with a plug (110) attached so do we have to install a dedicated plug, on the wall or the floor and can it be a regular GFCI plug on a standard circuit? Where does it need to be placed.
Lets start with the basics, the manual will state whether or not you need a dedicated circuit, but most likely yes... It must be GFCI protected, A receptacle generally gets installed within the decking of the tub... You could install a GFCI receptacle within this space, but it's not ideal, because of testing the GFCI monthly, and in fact a code violation in Connecticut, so I recommend a GFCI breaker in the panel for the tub... thats the gist of it...

Also, the electrical equipment shall be accessible without damaging the building structure or building finish, in other words, you need permanent access to the motor.

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I prefer installing a dead front GFI in the bathroom at a convenient location so, when or if it trips....well ya know
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I prefer installing a dead front GFI in the bathroom at a convenient location so, when or if it trips....well ya know
That's what Connecticut wants as well, they feel the GFCI needs to be tested every month, because, you know... everyone does that. Im not knocking this requirement, its just not going to happen either.



To the OP, this is a faceless GFCI that provides the required GFCI protection.


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