GFI for whirlpool bathtub


Old 04-10-08, 08:27 AM
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GFI for whirlpool bathtub

I'm selling my house and the only thing electrical related was; "could not confirm presence of GFCI protection on the tub in master bath".

It currently has a "normal" light switch on one wall, along with the switches for the lights and fan, which shuts off the power to the "timer" on the wall opposite the tub itself.

The timer just has two black leads running to the motor which is under the tub.

I'm sure I've seen GFIs that had no receptacles on them that the reset button just acted like a switch. Is that what is required here to replace the timer?


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Old 04-10-08, 08:35 AM
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Is there a cord and plug connection under the tub skirt? Is there a GFI receptacle there?

You could provide a GFI breaker at the panel to provide GFI protection. You could also install a faceless GFI device in the circuit. I like to install these near the tub for convenience instead of walking to the garage or basement to reset if it were to trip. You also would not need to remove the skirt to reset like a standard GFI receptacle.
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In my master bath, the GFCI that protects the tub is located in my closet, which is attached to the bathroom. It's located higher than you'd put a counter receptacle. I really like the location, because I can flip the GFCI off after I use the tub, and my kids can't turn on the tub motor when there's no water in the tub. If you are selling your house, this is something to consider. You never know what numbskull might push the button on the tub!

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