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GFCI #88312
05/27/04 09:47 PM
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texassparky  Offline OP
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When installing outlets in the soffit of a home for Christmas lighting do these plugs need to be gfi protected? I have always put in a gfi breakers but was told that they didnt have to because they where over 7' off the ground. I feel better about them having protection, you can never be to carefull.

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Re: GFCI #88313
05/27/04 10:10 PM
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Ryan_J  Offline
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GFCI required.


Ryan Jackson,
Salt Lake City
Re: GFCI #88314
05/27/04 10:17 PM
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texassparky  Offline OP
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Thanks Ryan. Could you tell me where I could find this in the code book.

Re: GFCI #88315
05/27/04 10:26 PM
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Ryan_J  Offline
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210.8(A)


Ryan Jackson,
Salt Lake City
Re: GFCI #88316
05/28/04 12:10 AM
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scameron81  Offline
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I was always under the impression that they didn't have to be GFCI because of the
210.8(A)(3) exception that allows for non GFCI on plugs that are not readily accessible.

Re: GFCI #88317
05/28/04 01:23 AM
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caselec  Offline
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San Jose, CA
The exception to 210.8(A)(3) only applies to receptacles used for snow-melting & deicing equipment.

I guess Christmas lights would help melt the snow and ice. [Linked Image]


Curt Swartz
Re: GFCI #88318
05/28/04 08:03 AM
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Ryan_J  Offline
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I hoping I wasn't wrong, since I didn't have my code book. I really should stop winging it like that [Linked Image]


Ryan Jackson,
Salt Lake City
Re: GFCI #88319
05/28/04 02:11 PM
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BPHgravity  Offline
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Port Charlotte, Florida
There was a local contractor that was installing receptacles in the soffit for Christmas lighting and was also trying to use the snow-melting and deicing equipment exception. That would be fine except we are in South West Florida. It did snow here once about 2,000 years ago!!!


Bryan P. Holland, ECO.
Secretary - IAEI Florida Chapter
Re: GFCI #88320
05/28/04 04:19 PM
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Ryan_J  Offline
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I don't know what that exception would save you, since you would then have to have GFPE. Is GFPE cheaper? I thought it was more.

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