Electrical code requirements

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Posted by: from Ottawa
8/5/2011 at 1:54:42 PM

For a plug-in motorized awning, does the outlet need to be on a separate (GFI) circuit?


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Dave in Oshawa
Date/Time8/9/2011 at 8:55:03 PM

Hi Simon,

it will depend on the amperage of the awning motor, but I expect you can have it as an extension of an existing outlet, but if it is outside or exposed to the elements, then it will need to be GFCI protected.

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Date/Time8/9/2011 at 11:50:43 PM

The requirement for a GFCI is based on height and not use. It is unlikely that the receptacle will be low enough that it will be considered a "general use" receptacle.

Based on that assumption, I would not use a GFCI receptacle unless specifically requested by the client.

Is it wrong to use a GFCI receptacle? No it is not, but it is likely not necessary.



John Kuehnl-Cadwell

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc

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