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#119485 - 12/28/04 05:35 PM GFCI Needed Here?
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Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 3142
Loc: NY, USA
Bathroom convenience receptacles must be gfi-protected. Water heaters typically are not.

For the sake of discussion, would you REQUIRE the water heater receptacle pictured to be gfi protected? It is well below the sink, and there is another receptacle adjacent to the sink.

Would your opinion be affected if the WH receptacle was inside a cabinet?

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#119486 - 12/28/04 05:51 PM Re: GFCI Needed Here?
Trumpy Offline


Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
Yes John,
I would require that a GFCI was put on any outlet in a bathroom, regardless of wether it was in a cupboard or not.
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#119487 - 12/28/04 06:14 PM Re: GFCI Needed Here?
Electricmanscott Offline

Registered: 01/12/02
Posts: 1478
Loc: Holden, MA USA
NEC says "All" bathroom receptacles.

#119488 - 12/28/04 09:09 PM Re: GFCI Needed Here?
necbuff Offline

Registered: 07/08/04
Posts: 27
Loc: Lebanon Tn USA
GFCI for me too John.
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#119489 - 12/29/04 05:03 AM Re: GFCI Needed Here?
safetygem Offline

Registered: 01/30/02
Posts: 114
Loc: Ohio, USA
I'm with everyone else here, the NEC says if the receptacle is in a bathroom, it "shall" be protected by a GFCI.

Although there probably isn't one... I would look for an alternative location for that WH.

#119490 - 12/29/04 05:36 AM Re: GFCI Needed Here?
Steve Miller Offline

Registered: 08/30/01
Posts: 322
Loc: Loudoun Cty, VA
GFCI. There is no exception for a dedicated receptacle for a specific use item in bathrooms (like there is in garages for that extra freezer).

#119491 - 12/29/04 03:01 PM Re: GFCI Needed Here?
electure Offline


Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 4226
Loc: Fullerton, CA USA
Is it OK to cord and plug connect a water heater?

#119492 - 12/29/04 03:23 PM Re: GFCI Needed Here?
DougW Offline

Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 1083
Loc: North Chicago, IL
If it was in a cabinet....

AND a single outlet receptacle (like the exceptions listed in the Code)

Then maybe.

The way it is now (accessible & duplex)?

Not a chance.

#119493 - 12/29/04 05:40 PM Re: GFCI Needed Here?
Bjarney Offline

Registered: 04/10/02
Posts: 2561
Loc: West-Southern Inner-Northeast ...
"Cal-rod" metal-sheathed heaters and GFCIs can be a troublesome combination. Replacement of the cord and lower receptacle with fixed wiring might make better sense.

#119494 - 12/29/04 05:51 PM Re: GFCI Needed Here?
HighPotter Offline

Registered: 08/29/04
Posts: 41
Loc: So. Cal
" Should" be wired.....

Recessed single gang box, single gang, water proof extension box with sealtite, strapped and connected directly to Water Heater.


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