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Friday, January 6, 2017

Question:

Article 680 part 4 location of emergency disconnect. All other clearances for various types of outlets are measured from the I side wall of the tub. The section on measuring 5 ft for the emergency disconnect is inconsistent. Where do I measure from? Outside wall, inside wall or high water?

Mike Stebbins

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Answer:

Hey Mike thanks for your question. You are correct it is not clear where the measurement is taken from in 680.41 but locating it at least 5 ft from any part of the spa or hot tub would be compliant. That gives you 45 feet of tolerance to meet the definition of within sight as stated in Article 100. Consider submitting a Public Input for the 2020 NEC to provide more descriptive language.

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