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Old 04-04-2012, 07:02 PM   #1
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I am ready to wire my new hot tub. The salesman told me I did not need to purchase a dissconnect panel. The reason was the house main panel was in line of sight to the hot tub and only 12 feet from Hot tub foundation. Thus, the the house panel itself is considered the dissconnect panel. Of course, it would be connected to a 50 amp GFCI breaker. Does this sound correct?

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Old 04-04-2012, 07:51 PM   #2
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Please get someone who knows how to safely install your tub. The salesman is not an electrician and it looks as if his information is not correct.
Or you need to get a close look at article 680 of the NEC.

680.12 Maintenance Disconnecting Means. One or more
means to simultaneously disconnect all ungrounded conductors
shall be provided for all utilization equipment other
than lighting. Each means shall be readily accessible and
within sight from its equipment and shall be located at least
1.5 m (5 ft) horizontally from the inside walls of a pool,
spa, or hot tub unless separated from the open water by a
permanently installed barrier that provides a 1.5 m (5 ft)
reach path or greater. This horizontal distance is to be measured
from the waterís edge along the shortest path required
to reach the disconnect.

Here is what you need. It is a self contained disconnect and required convenience receptacle. About $100.00.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:57 PM   #3
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Thanks... I will get an electrician and disconnect box.
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That disconnect does not contain a receptacle. That is a dead front GFCI which trips the relay power to the hot tub upon a fault.
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Thanks for input. This will be dedicated to the hot tub. My contracter will run conduit from disconnect to hot tub. He plans on buring it 18 inched. I thought the disconnect was needed and now it is confirmed. I will let them do all the wiring... I just want to be informed. I was very concerned about the salesman telling me I did not need a disconnect panel. It did not sound correct. What else was he wrong about
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You hired a contractor between 7:02 PM and 8:28 PM? WOW!
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You hired a contractor between 7:02 PM and 8:28 PM? WOW!
actually 7:57 and 8:28
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Well I have three bids on the table to redo my back yard....including hot tub and all said they have licenced electricians to do work. Now when we talk about the detailed electrical, thanks to all, I am informed. I will ask them about the Connecter Box.. if they tell me what the salesman did... they will not get the job.

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That disconnect does not contain a receptacle. That is a dead front GFCI which trips the relay power to the hot tub upon a fault.
Thanks for the help. I saw the test/reset buttons and assumed. The receptacle is required, so I will remember to not use that picture again.
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IF that house panel is indeed only 12 feet away, you may not need another $100 disconnect box. The salesman may in fact, be correct.

Is the panel box outside, or is the tub outside, and the panel inside? Just a couple of clarifications here.

As for the receptacle integral with the disconnect box, that is an item of convenience. You can have a nearby receptacle qualify as the required receptacle, provided distance and GFCI protection are within guidelines.

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