Power disconnect panel for spa...

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  1. MJ32V

    MJ32V New Member

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    NEC min height req'mts for spa power disconnect?

    Hi All,
    What's the height requirement for a power disconnect panel for a spa? Outdoor location 50' from side of residential 1 family home. Disconnect will be mounted on 4x4 press. treated post just shy of 10' from closest point of spa. 220V / 50A GFCI.
    MJ
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2008
  2. Alectrician

    Alectrician DIY Senior Member

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    6' 7" max.....but don't mount it that high.
  3. MJ32V

    MJ32V New Member

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    6' 7" max... ok. What's the minimum height above ground?

    While we're on the subject, what's the recommended height?

    Thanks,
    MJ
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2008
  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    High enough so it doesn't sit below normal snow depth or standing water. You don't want to have to crawl on the ground to remove and replace. My unprofessional opinion...
  5. Chris75

    Chris75 Electrician

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    I agree, put it so you work on it like a gentleman...
  6. MJ32V

    MJ32V New Member

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    NEC min height req'mts for spa power disconnect?

    jadnashua -
    There's never more than 3' of snow in the area the disconnect is located. Let's say that I placed panel 4' off ground, then later find out that code has a 5' minimum height, then I have to re-work things (arghh!). So to avoid issues later, I need to know what the code minimum height requirements are.

    MJ
  7. jwelectric

    jwelectric Electrical Contractor/Instructor

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    There is no minimum height just a maximum of 6 feet 7 inches to the center of the grip.
  8. MJ32V

    MJ32V New Member

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    Great. Thanks....

    MJ
  9. jfkopper

    jfkopper New Member

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    If your spa is ever used by kids, I would suggest placing the disconnect low enough to be easily used by the youngest---if Mom gets her hair caught in the suction port, help might need to come from the smallest of spa mates.

    For a scary (and tragic, but relevant) story see
    http://www.poolspanews.com/2003/102/102entrapment.html

    /Kop
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