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hammerM

10:57AM | 10/09/02
Member Since: 10/08/02
1 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
I wired my house for a hot tub using 8-3 w/ground UF wire (from a 60 amp GCFI sub-panel to a 4hp hot tub motor). The inspector told me even if I have the UF wire in a conduit I have to bury it 12 inches. I bought PVC conduit pipe - it can be on top of the ground so why does it have to be buried? What does the NEC state as the requirement for the 8-3 UF wire from the sub-panel to the tub?

Tom O

12:48PM | 10/09/02
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
Direct burial cables (Type UF for example), must be buried 24" and non-metallic raceways (PVC) must be buried at least 18".

Your inspector is letting you off easy, your cable is too small for the breaker you are using. #8 cables should only be protected at 50 amps.

Tom

Electrical Inspector

02:27PM | 10/13/02
Member Since: 09/27/02
76 lifetime posts
I agree with Tom O,

one would not wish to be planting a shrub years from now and encounter said 8-3 wire..


also there is a minor code issue with UF feeding outdoors to a hot tub.

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