I often see shut off switches for residential Jacuzzi tubs, even though they are cord-and-plug connected. I think they are installed as a misinterpretation of the emergency shut-off requirement for spas & hot tubs.
Common practice here is single recept for pump, sing for heat; some do duplex w/split tabs. Then faceless GFI (deadfront) somewhere in bath area. Others do GFI CB. Cord/plug serves as the 'service disco'. In almost 30 years, have not seen a switch.
Nope, I wire them like Hotline1 suggested. Either with a FACELESS GFCI installed above the bathroom toggle switches, or with a GFCI circuit breaker. I prefer the protection be in the bathroom above the switches as compared to inside the panel because its more convienent to the customer to reset the GFCI if it happens to trip.
Re: Jacuzzi (hydromassage tub) shutoff?#101004 01/28/0707:03 AM01/28/0707:03 AM
You might know this already but I see this as an opportunity to razz you. "Jacuzzi" is a brand name of products including tubs, basins camodes and bidets. So if you have a "Jacuzzi" bidet, you may or may not need a disconnect within sight.
Okay I feel better now.
I don't have a problem with installers using a cord/cap as a disconnect for a HMBT (Hydromassage bathtub) and having to open an access door to use it. This "disconnect" is for servicing the motor. This is not unlike the disconnect that might be located under the skirt of a hot tub or spa.
As for the faceless GFCI, this makes common sense but this would be optional. IMHO The words "within sight of it's equipment" are in the discription of Article 680 for the '02 NEC and in the '05 NEC the've added the words "readily accessible" and this may change the way this gets enforced.
Okay Bob- Your turn.
Re: Jacuzzi (hydromassage tub) shutoff?#101007 01/28/0710:17 AM01/28/0710:17 AM
Gfi above or below panel in house feeding a single receptacle under jacuzzi....thats how we do it....Had A guy ask me the other day if he could install a single pole switch in place of the air switch..He said they had the wrong switch...I pointed out the idea of the owner sitting in the tub and flicking a switch didn't sound to safe.....