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Old 07-10-2012, 08:33 AM   #1
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I have a friend whose dock power is not working. I have found a dead short between the GFCI recepticle box and the service panel in the basement. Whoever did the wiring before used romex wire and just stapled it under the steps w/no conduit. I am planning on replacing the run w/ 10-2 UF-B.

Is there any code specifying how to staple the wire under the steps? I.E. distance protection etc.. I know that wiring through a studded wall requires metal protection from nails, screws, etc, but is there a similar code for outdoor steps? Also, I am not planning on using conduit under the steps, since I am using UF, is this OK?

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It has to be protected. I would probably use Conduit over UF. Reason being, is that it is easier to put in a splice box for THHN/THWN, than trying to keep a UF splice dry. Plus looks cleaner.

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I have a friend whose dock power is not working. I have found a dead short between the GFCI recepticle box and the service panel in the basement. Whoever did the wiring before used romex wire and just stapled it under the steps w/no conduit. I am planning on replacing the run w/ 10-2 UF-B.

Is there any code specifying how to staple the wire under the steps? I.E. distance protection etc.. I know that wiring through a studded wall requires metal protection from nails, screws, etc, but is there a similar code for outdoor steps? Also, I am not planning on using conduit under the steps, since I am using UF, is this OK?

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Just an opinion here, but I would GFCI protect the entire circuit to protect your butt since this hookup involves a body of water.
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It has to be protected.
Just curious, but protected from what under stairs? UF only needs to be protected where subject to physical damage, I just don't see that in the OP's UF location.
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might be safer to put a gfci breaker in.
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