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Old 08-01-2010, 01:20 AM   #1
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greetings everyone,

i installed a flush duplex receptacle for a wall mounted plasma in my covered back porch. a neighbor told me i should have installed a gfci receptacle since it was outside. the back porch roof extends 15' from the house so i figured should it rain, there is no way water will get to that wall...unless there is a hurricane or some freakish storm. being behind the tv, i seriously doubt i will be plugging anything else in that receptacle. am i violating the code?

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Exterior receptacles are required to be GFI protected.

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thanks for your reponse.

i know the answer may not always be what people wanna hear.

i tried doing a search before seeking help here and did run across different answers for a similar situation. they kept refering to 210.8 i was further confused about what the 2008 code said about dedicated and unreachable receptacles exemption. if you could help me understand that i would greatly appreciate it.

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As I undertsand
Exterior receptacles, unless in an enclosed stucture are always considered a wet/damp location & need GFCI
In my detached pool cabana every outlet & light are GFCI protected
Wind can & will blow rain everywhere in a good storm
So even tho its 15' in under a porch roof it can get wet

In addition a future owner may plug an extension cord in & use the outlet for power in the yard
Its not always about your intended use, but rather about possible uses
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Prior versions of the NEC has some exemptions for GFCI outlets. The 2008 NEC eliminated most if not all of these exemptions.
You have a plasma TV hanging on an outside wall that is not fully protected from the weather?
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thanks. i will do as suggested.

now for other dilema, should i use a bubble or just a plain weatherproof cover?

how many predicated i would ask?
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thanks. i will do as suggested.

now for other dilema, should i use a bubble or just a plain weatherproof cover?

how many predicated i would ask?
I don't know if either one would fit behind the TV.
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The weatherproof in use cover would be needed. If the box isn't already installed perhaps they can use one of these.

http://www.arlcatalog.com/Weatherpro...nstruction.htm

If existing,

http://www.arlcatalog.com/Weatherpro...nstruction.htm
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I figured the location would be considered a damp location
So in use bubble cover not required
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Checked...406.8...damp location....bubble not required
...under a roof...not subject to beating rain ot water run-off

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