Article 680 allows pool circulation pump receptacles between 6-10 feet. It just has to be a twist lock and 20 amp. Yet you can have a general purpose receptacle between 6-20' as long as it is GFI. Right, so does that mean that you can have a pump motor with a regular straight blade 120 volt plug and cord? (As long as the cord is the proper style and 3' length.)
Here is another question, if you have an above ground pool and the motor receptacle is about 4' from the pool, BUT there is a fence all around the pool attached to the pool itself, would that allow the receptacle to be there because there is a permanent barrier? Would that be as per 680.22(5)? What if the fence has open slats?
I think the problem is that they did not rewrite 680(A)(1) when they changed the minimum distance in 680(A)(2) and (3) from 10' to 6'. It really does not make any sense to require the pump to be plugged into a single twist lock if you can have a quad 6-15 on the same post.
I don't do a lot of pools, but always wondered why the NEC called for a twist-lock, yet the pump was listed with a straight blade. Do you cut the cord to satisfy the NEC and void the listing?
I understand life safety is more important than appearences, but it seems like the pool flexes do not allow the pump to be placed away from the pool IAW the NEC distance requirements. Also why can you have a receptacle just outside the footprint of a tub, but for a pool it needs to be 6'? Both places the body is immersed in water.
I am going to possibly disagree with John about the fence. Without seeing the fence, IMO a slat fence might be an effective barrier. I am seeing a board on board as an effective barrier. Heck I would have trouble fitting my hand through a chainlink fence.
Back before they relaxed the distance rule for the general use receptacles the thought was that if the pump used a twist lock you couldn't plug in a cube tap and a radio along with the pump. They didn't want you sitting in the pool and fooling with an old hot chassis radio. The problem was they also had language saying if you couldn't maintain 10' to the general use receptacle it could be as close as 5'. Somebody said if this was really a safety issue, why have exceptions? It bounced around the sausage factory and came out in this contradictory form. The panel does not want to fix this
17-111 Log #2334 NEC-P17 Final Action: Reject ... Panel Statement: Sanitation equipment receptacles located between 6 ft and 10 ft is a reduction of safety without the additional four requirements. Receptacles for pool pump motors may be of a higher voltage than 125 V and therefore may present a higher danger than 125 volt circuits. The submitter has not provided adequate technical substantiation.
I guess they don't understand it is all 120v to ground.
It is frustrating to see someone present an idea for a change and it is not debated on the merits of the concept. Instead the committee shoot it down due to language issues or lack of adequate substantiation.
Makes you wonder how AFCIs were pushed thru without data to back up those claims.