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Old 03-11-2011, 02:10 PM   #1
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What does the Code say about these?
Does it have to be GFCI protected?
What about when using a single receptacle?
Dedicated Circuit? (plumbers are going to plug it ito my washing machine circuit)

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Old 03-11-2011, 02:13 PM   #2
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Under the 08 NEC the receptacle for the sump pump would require GFI protection if it is in a crawlspace or an unfinished basement. The exemption for a single receptacle has been removed.
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I realize that a sump pump outlet under the NEC is treated like any other outlet in the basement, hence is required to be GFI, however consider that the GFI may trip for a variety of reasons, including moisture in the GFI, which would be very unfortunate if the pump shut off during a flood. This is a case where you may be better off with a dedicated circuit not on a GFI, much as mission critical circuits in hospitals are not always GFI, as I understand it. As this is a technical code violation, I cannot recommend this approach, but it is worth considering.
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Thanks for the replies, guys.

Our county is on the 2005 Code, so I'm thinking that a single receptacle, dedicated non-GFCI would be okay. ??
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Thanks for the replies, guys.

Our county is on the 2005 Code, so I'm thinking that a single receptacle, dedicated non-GFCI would be okay. ??
In Michigan we're still on the '05 code for single & 2 family dwellings, and that's what we do.
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