Jacuzzi, GFI, receptical, butter knife...

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by Do it yourself Dave, Dec 5, 2008.

  1. Do it yourself Dave

    Do it yourself Dave New Member

    Dec 3, 2008
    I've converted a storage closet into a bathroom. It was originally designed to be a bathroom based on the drainage and hot/cold water connections in the wall.

    The only thing that wasn't configured for a bathroom was the electrical. I've decided to put in a Jacuzzi tub. There is already a receptical 12+ inches off the deck near the Jacuzzi motor. This receptacle also feeds an outlet going to the hall way on the other side of the wall.

    My question is should I install a GFI receptical or put in a GFI breaker or both?
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2008
  2. Speedy Petey

    Speedy Petey Licensed Electrical Contractor

    Jun 16, 2007
    Licensed Electrical Contractor
    NY State, USA
    If it is in a bathroom it should already be GFI protected. Problem is the motor and/or heater needs a dedicated circuit(s).
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    It depends on whether you want to go all the way to the panel to reset a GFCI breaker, or just push a button near the tub. But it should a separate circuity because of the motor's amperage, and possible future heater. I don't what you intended to ask about the butter knife.
  5. Thatguy

    Thatguy Homeowner

    Aug 27, 2008
    A bounty hunter like in "Raising Arizona"
    Troubleshooting & replacement is easier with a GFI receptacle.
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