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Does porch receptacle require weather proof cover?

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Posted by: from Rockwood
3/3/2015 at 6:57:07 PM

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?

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Robert from Electrilight Ltd. in Oakville
Date/Time3/3/2015 at 8:11:58 PM

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.

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Date/Time3/3/2015 at 8:19:49 PM

Hi Brian,

Yes it does - Alberta at least.

Hope this helps & good luck.

G R - CMI

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Dave from Nemco in Cambridge
Date/Time3/3/2015 at 8:56:16 PM

Under the Ontario electrical code it does not require an "in use" cover as most outdoor receptacles do since it is not exposed to direct contact with moisture.

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Robert from Electrilight Ltd. in Oakville
Date/Time3/3/2015 at 9:09:38 PM

I guess I mis-read your post, sorry. I didn't see the soffit area mounting. It does not require a weather-proof cover at all if it is up in the underside of a porch or soffit area.

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Brian from Next Restoration in Rockwood
Date/Time3/3/2015 at 9:20:23 PM

Thanks for your replies. Sure appreciate the information. Well done.

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George from Petrina Electric in Smithville
Date/Time3/4/2015 at 3:55:24 PM

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.

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Date/Time3/4/2015 at 7:35:20 PM

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.

Cheers

John

John Kuehnl-Cadwell

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc

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George from Petrina Electric in Smithville
Date/Time3/4/2015 at 7:41:19 PM

Well said John!

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Pablo from M3 Services in Stouffville
Date/Time3/5/2015 at 1:27:48 PM

Yes it does. Any outside receptacles requires one.

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Robert from Electrilight Ltd. in Oakville
Date/Time3/5/2015 at 5:23:51 PM

Pablo,

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.

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Robert from Electrilight Ltd. in Oakville
Date/Time3/5/2015 at 5:25:54 PM

See CEC 2009 photo.


Does porch receptacle require weather proof cover?
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Robert from Electrilight Ltd. in Oakville
Date/Time3/5/2015 at 7:15:48 PM

Typo re-post:

Pablo,

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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