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#123789 - 05/11/06 09:01 PM Receptacle Needed?
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Registered: 10/07/00
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Loc: NY, USA
A recent housing trend is to include within the house a small atrium, or courtyard. Often this outdoor space is totally surrounded by the house.

Would this area require a receptacle? Would one be required to use a "bubble cover" if the space were as small as the one pictured here?

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#123790 - 05/12/06 08:22 AM Re: Receptacle Needed?
32VAC Offline

Registered: 06/28/04
Posts: 203
Loc: Alice Springs, NT, Australia
A double weatherproof socket would be recommended as one thing that people are into now are water features that have electric pumps integral to their design.

#123791 - 05/12/06 08:46 AM Re: Receptacle Needed?
Alan Nadon Offline

Registered: 03/10/05
Posts: 398
Loc: Elkhart, IN. USA
I'd check with the local inspector / Building department. Because of the size and being completely surrounded by the house they may consider it a room and the rules of 210.52 would apply.
As a minimum design consideration a WP receptical would be recommended, but not required.
Bubble covers are not required by the Indiana Electrical Code, unless they supply an unattended load.
If it was easy, anyone could do it.

#123792 - 05/22/06 04:01 AM Re: Receptacle Needed?
kiwi Offline

Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 347
Loc: christchurch new zealand
Whats a bubble cover ? ?

#123793 - 05/22/06 07:49 AM Re: Receptacle Needed?
Jim M Offline

Registered: 08/10/01
Posts: 453
Loc: Chestertown, MD, USA

They are a clamshell like cover designed to allow a cord to exit a outdoor receptacle and still keep the weather out.

Try this link

[This message has been edited by Jim M (edited 05-22-2006).]

#123794 - 05/26/06 04:40 PM Re: Receptacle Needed?
ShockMe77 Offline

Registered: 06/11/05
Posts: 823
Loc: Rahway, New Jersey
Is it a habitable room?

Is it the front, or rear of the house?

Any air conditioning equipment, unfinished basements, or kitchen countertops nearby? LOL

Then I don't see a requirement for any type outlet.


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