Which way is up

What’s Wrong Here? Hint: Which Way is Up?

Dec. 14, 2023
Think you know how this installation violates the NEC?

Hint: Which way is up?

The “bubble cover” installed on the box for this GFCI receptacle needs to be kept closed to keep the GFCI receptacle protected from the elements. Unfortunately, the person who installed this cover never took the time to pry out the slots where the cords are supposed to lay so the cover can be closed. It is impossible to close this cover while the cords are plugged in! For receptacles rated 15A or 20A, 125V or 250V installed in a wet location, Sec. 406.9(B)(1) requires an enclosure that is weatherproof whether or not the attachment plug cap is inserted. If an outlet box hood is used for this purpose, it must be listed, and must be identified as an extra-duty type. The GFCI receptacle installed here was also not a weather-resistant type as required by Sec. 406.9(B)(1) either.

About the Author

Russ LeBlanc | Owner

Russ started in the electrical trade as an apprentice in 1985. He worked his way up to become a Journeyman Electrician and then eventually became a Master Electrician and Licensed Construction Supervisor. In 1999 Russ become an Electrical Instructor for The Peterson School of Engineering in Massachusetts where he developed his passion for teaching, and quickly became Department Head of Electrical Instruction. Russ has taught thousands of apprentices, electricians, engineers, inspectors, and other electrical professionals during his career as an instructor. He continues to provide electrical professionals with Electrical Code seminars, Arc-Flash Awareness training seminars and educational material through his LeBlanc Consulting Services in North Reading, MA whose specialty is educating electricians. He has been an active member of the NFPA Electrical Section and has authored hundreds of National Electrical Code proposals and comments which have become Code rules to improve the safety for the electrical industry. Russ is also an IAEI certified Electrical Inspector.

Please visit www.russleblanc.net for more information.

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