Why single outlet receptacle for sump pump?


Old 10-06-07, 07:14 PM
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Why single outlet receptacle for sump pump?

Finishing basement and was going to put sump pump on new circuit. The pump was plugged into single outlet receptacle and it's the same in another house that I saw, recently built. It's currently on a 15A circuit with little load, not GFCI. I had to ask because it's not in my Stanley "Complete" Wiring book. Thanks in advance.

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Old 10-06-07, 08:10 PM
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the single allows the exception to the use of GFCI protection.

GFCI's tend to not like motors so it prevents nuisance tripping of a GFCI.
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A single receptacle also prevents someone else from adding a load to the circuit.
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If you replace the receptacle with a single-pole switch you will eliminate the possibility that someone may use the receptacle for a cord-connected drop-lite or power tool , neither one properly Grounded.

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