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#119485 12/28/04 09:35 PM
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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?

- John Steinke
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#119486 12/28/04 09:51 PM
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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. [Linked Image]

#119487 12/28/04 10:14 PM
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NEC says "All" bathroom receptacles.

#119488 12/29/04 01:09 AM
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GFCI for me too John.

Kenny Wilee
#119489 12/29/04 09:03 AM
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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 09:36 AM
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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 07:01 PM
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Is it OK to cord and plug connect a water heater?

#119492 12/29/04 07:23 PM
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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 09:40 PM
Joined: Apr 2002
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"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 09:51 PM
Joined: Aug 2004
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" 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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