Jacuzzi bathtub wiring / setup

Old 08-10-14, 06:51 PM
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Jacuzzi bathtub wiring / setup

My jacuzzi bathtub had no way of disconnecting that I seen for the last couple years since we bought the house. Then it dawned on me... what if something happened?

I could shut it off at the breaker, but I had no idea where the pump plugged in... I figured it was hard wired in the attic or something. I did some research and then discovered....

The jacuzzi breaker ran one single 20a circuit to the tub... with a GFCI receptacle underneath it attached to the wood frame the tub sits in. The thing is... this tub is tiled and boarded up with nails, caulk, and everything all nice and pretty. If the tub circuit tripped the GFCI I would have never known what to do!

So this was my project for today... I removed the paneling where the circuit comes in... found a junction box where the electrician made a splice I assume.

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Once I opened the junction box, I pigtailed a ground wire and bonded it to the junction box since that wasn't done. I removed the rest of the circuit from there forward including the GFCI receptacle.

I cut a hole in the board that goes around the framing of the tub. I put in a brand new blue remodel / old work receptacle box.

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Once I got that in, I installed a regular receptacle with faceplate in where the GFCI outlet was... ran the 12ga romex from that, through the hole in the framing, and then ran it into the new box on the wood panel. A line of 12ga romex goes from the junction box (which is the incoming line side) and goes into the new box as well. These connected to a blank face GFCI.

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It tested OK, jacuzzi worked. All is well.... did I miss anything? Is this acceptable?

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Old 08-10-14, 06:57 PM
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For the reason you found out the code now requires the GFI to be accessible without the need to remove the skirting.

I think you covered all the bases.

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