Does the inspector allow a 120v. 15a. duplex receptacle to go non-GFCI protected if it is located on the 8 foot ceiling of an unfinished basement and the only thing plugged into it is a power vent for a water heater?
I agree with Yanici. Have them swap out the duplex receptacle for a single 120v/ 15a single receptacle. This way it is clear that the receptacles purpose is strictly for the power vent. A receptacle in an 8' ceiling is IMO not readily accessible.
[This message has been edited by ShockMe77 (edited 09-27-2006).]
If this is the only receptacle in the basement, why not spend the $8 and put in a duplex GFCI so it can be used for general purpose? We can debate the letter of the law here, but we all know that dedicated simplex receptacle is going to sport a splitter and extension cord within a few months. Might as well look after the public safety here and err on the side of caution.
[This message has been edited by SteveFehr (edited 09-28-2006).]