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johnv2150

04:46AM | 02/08/08
Member Since: 02/07/08
3 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
Hello all. new to forum with a quick question. I recently purchased a home with a jacuzzi tub. The tub has a pump and heater that run to a duplex outlet on the floor below the tub. Both are gfci protected. Jacuzzi install guidelines state that the duplex outlet be at least 4 in off of the floor on the wall. My question is should the floor outlet be relocated to the wall? or is floor location acceptable with gfci protection?

Tom O

05:38AM | 02/10/08
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
Typically, the instructions that come with a piece of equipment must be followed in order to comply with the National Electrical Code. I don't know of anything in the code that would allow fthe outlet to be installed as you described.

So my answer is yes, move the receptacle because the present location does not comply with the installation instructions.

TimBonham

07:39PM | 02/10/08
Member Since: 01/09/07
197 lifetime posts
Normally, moving a receptacle would involve simply running a cable from the current location to the new one, making a junction in the current location, and covering it with a blank cover plate.

I would not recommend that in this case.

The obvious intent of the Jacuzzi instructions is to keep the electrical circuit off the floor, to reduce the risk that if it overflowed, the puddle of water on the floor could become live. So if you replace that floor receptacle with a junction, it is still possible that spilled water could get into that box and the live wires inside it. (This could happen other ways; wet floors are common in bathrooms. A live floor receptacle or junction box is a bad idea in such locations.)

So spend some additional money, and redirect the cable before it gets to that floor box, so that it comes through the wall or somewhere else. Cut them off so there are no live wires in that box at all. (Remove them if feasable.)

You might be able to replace that box with a completely waterproof one, but that's a lot of work. Or connect the new cable with a waterproof connection, like those designed for direct burial outdoor. But either of those options is likely to cost as much as moving the cable into the wall.
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