I am buying a house. It has a receptacle in the ceiling of the porch, I assume to plug in xmas lights. It's well away from weather conditions.
Does this receptacle require a weather proof cover?
Yes. If it is possible to be in contact with moisture from a hose (watering gardening plants, not aimed at as you could aim it anywhere really) or weather, but only for a NEW installation, not simply swapping the cover. But it is a good idea to use if outlet is around young kids.
Dave of Nemco is 100% right. Code does not require you to. Without sounding too much like Mike Holmes here. I would still suggest it. Anything outside has a risk of developing moisture. If you've ever replaced any outdoor fixture or receptacle, you can see the damage moisture can do. It's not code, but any outdoor receptacles in my opinion should be GFCI protected, and have a weather proof cover. For the extra few bucks, it's worth it.
George, nothing wrong with sounding like Mike Holmes...
The most correct answer is that according to Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) Rule 26-702(3)... Notwithstanding Subrules (1) and (2), when receptacles are installed facing downward, at an angle of 45 or less from the horizontal, standard cover plates may be used.
My recommendation would be use a weather proof cover, but I would not install an "in-use" cover.
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I would have to assume you are not a licensed electrician by your reply so to clarify, Canadian Electrical Code stipulates very regions and reasons to where weatherproof covers must be installed and it is not required to be GFCI if above 2.5m above finished grade and does not require weatherproof cover either if located in the soffit area.
I would have to assume you are not a licensed electrician by your reply, so to clarify things for the OP, Canadian Electrical Code stipulates various regions and reasons to where weatherproof covers must be installed and the location discussed is not required to be a GFCI location if above 2.5m above finished grade and it does not require a weatherproof cover either if located in the soffit area facing downwards.
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