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Old 12-15-2008, 09:00 AM   #1
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I have an outdoor receptacle in a Bell weatherproof box. It currently has a standard GFCI receptacle installed. I have not had any problem with the GFCI, as I tested it yesterday and it was not tripped before I hit the test button.
That said, I believe code states that I need a GFCI with the WR rating.
I cannot find such a device at HD. Can anyone tell me where to find one?

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Old 12-15-2008, 09:20 AM   #2
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http://www.google.com/products?hl=en...num=1&ct=title
http://www.passandseymour.com/pdf/B46-B47.pdf

Is this a new installation that needs to be inspected?

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No, it's existing, but I was just trying to bring things up to code one piece at a time.
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I thought all GFCI receptacles were already wet rated. Is that not what they were designed for "wet locations"?
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I thought all GFCI receptacles were already wet rated. Is that not what they were designed for "wet locations"?
I believe that there are some new requirements in the 2008 code cycle for weather resistant outlets. From what I remember, the differences are fairly small, something like a stronger plastic face or something.

I am just going from memory, so I may be wrong, I don't have a copy of the 08 code cycle. If you search for NEC 2008 you maybe able to find the details.

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I guess if the GFCI doesn't trip after all the rain storms we have had, it's not getting wet. I'll leave it well enough alone, unless someday, an inspector tells me to change it.
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I believe that there are some new requirements in the 2008 code cycle for weather resistant outlets. From what I remember, the differences are fairly small, something like a stronger plastic face or something.

I am just going from memory, so I may be wrong, I don't have a copy of the 08 code cycle. If you search for NEC 2008 you maybe able to find the details.

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Yes Jamie, you are right. You need to use the newer type bubble covers if the receptacle is placed in a position it can get wet. It has something to do with the angle of the roof overhang. From what I have seen, any recept at the normal height and exposed to weather will require this new type cover.
I have one under a gazebo (old cover) that does get wet. But I never use that one. So it's always closed. No problems so far.
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This recept is not one with the bubble cover, but it will never be used when it is raining, so I didn't bother to upgrade it.
I suppose that if I go to sell the house, I'll have to make some changes, but that event is not in the foreseeable future.
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This recept is not one with the bubble cover, but it will never be used when it is raining, so I didn't bother to upgrade it.
I suppose that if I go to sell the house, I'll have to make some changes, but that event is not in the foreseeable future.
You will not have to change the cover on the box when you sell. Who's going to question that cover.
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I was thinking that a perspective buyer would have an inspection. I guess if the receptacle was installed before the 2008 code was implimented, it would pass anyway. As far as I know, my state is using the 2005 NEC.

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