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Old 02-12-03, 09:16 AM
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Is a sauna considered a wet location which would require a gfci?
 
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Old 02-12-03, 09:26 AM
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without looking at my codebook id say yes. ill be right back.
 
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Old 02-12-03, 09:39 AM
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were you talking about the power to the sauna itself, or power in the sauna say for a convenience outlet???
 
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Old 02-12-03, 09:46 AM
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To the sauna itself.
 
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Old 02-12-03, 09:48 AM
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Yes feed it with a GFCI!!!
 
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Old 02-12-03, 09:54 AM
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check with the manufacturer. usually the literature they supply you with should say. as i posted previously, id say yes. it might not fit all the criteria of a wet location, but at least a damp location, i like to err on the side of caution. ive done a few hot tubs, but never actually wired up a sauna. is the unit hard wired or cord connected?. probably hard wired. in the wiring compartment it might also say. if in doubt you could always call your local electrical subcode official. hope this helps
 
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It is a common misconception that GFCI is required in "wet locations". Although the term "wet location" is defined in the NEC definitions section, that term is not used at all in the section on GFCIs.

The NEC tells you all the places you need GFCI without using the term "wet location."

But the sauna needs GFCI anyway.
 
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