GFI breaker or GFI recepacle ???

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Old 06-23-04, 09:38 AM
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GFI breaker or GFI recepacle ???

I am installing a swimming pool and I am running a new circuit to the exterior
of my home. I want to provide ground fault protection. The circuit will have
3 duplex receptacles on it. One will be mounted on the exterion wall of the house. The other two will be out around the pool. All the exterior wiring is
underground inside of schedule 40 PVC conduit. Should I use a GFI breaker
at the breaker panel or can I use a single GFI receptacle at the exterior wall
and protect the downstream receptacles off of it? Thanks.

gsharpe
 
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Old 06-23-04, 09:50 AM
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I assume we're talking about all 120-volt stuff here, and no more than 20 amps?

A GFCI breaker costs several times as much as a GFCI receptacle and both do exactly the same job. It's your choice, but I know what most people would pick.
 
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Old 06-23-04, 09:54 AM
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Correct on all points

Thank you Mr Nelson. All of your assumptions are correct.
BTW: Cheaper is the best price I know.
 
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Old 06-23-04, 10:16 AM
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Please keep in mind the rules reagarding pools. General purpose receptacle outlets must be at least ten feet from the edge of the pool. No closer.
 
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Old 06-23-04, 10:27 AM
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Explain: "general purpose receptacle outlets"

Please explain. If all of the receptacles are GFCI protected does the
10 foot rule apply?
 
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Old 06-23-04, 10:44 AM
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Yes, the ten foot rule applies. The only electrical connection allowed within ten feet is for the pump, which must be more than five feet from the pool. If it is a cord and plug connected pump and it is between five and ten feet from the pool then it must be connected with a twist lock type plug and receptacle (if more than ten feet from the pool it may a regular type plug and receptacle).

The reason for this has to do with safety. If the nearest plug is ten feet away, then there is little chance that whatever you plug in will be close enough to the pool for someone to be in the pool and still touch it. For example, a radio or portable tv. Now of course this can be defeated with an extension cord, but code can't protect against everything.
 
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