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Old 06-15-2011, 07:28 PM   #1
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I posted this in the deck forum, but maybe you guys have some better ideas:

I have a client who wants to recess a tub in their deck. The problem is, I can't figure a way to run the bonding wire AND have removable access panels for the tub.

What isn't easily accomplished is making a 24" wide lift-out panel so the spa guts can be accessed. I spoke to the electrical inspector who told me he won't allow disconnects on the 8 gauge of any kind. He also won't allow extra wire to be looped to allow the wire to move with the panel. His concern is after a bunch of times moving the wire, it may break. I agree w. him on that.

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Old 06-15-2011, 08:43 PM   #2
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Mount the pumps remote from the tub and run your jet lines underground?

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I'm not 480sparky, so I don't have the entire book committed to memory. And I'm a bit lazy tonight. Can you cite the relevant section(s)?

Could the wire be run underneath the removable panel?
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i guess i dont understand why the wire is an issue. we did my parents hot tub flush to the deck of the hot tub. the access is from the side of the deck. the access side panel comes off with a few screws, the wire comes in thru a different panel.
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i guess i dont understand why the wire is an issue.
This install would be in the middle of a deck. No access to the side panels.

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Could the wire be run underneath the removable panel?
The service techs need 24" of unobstructed space.
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I'm with TXelectrician on this one.

Buy a bare tub (plumbed to jets but no pump no heater, no blower, then mount the equipment remotely. I did mine 30 years ago this way, the tub is mounted in the deck near the indoor pool. The equipment is about 50' away. We use a gas tankless water heater to heat the spa. All the equipment is in an equipment room.
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The guy already bought the tub.

It may be possible to mount the motors remotely and insulate the pipes to and from them. I'm assuming it would void the warranty, though.
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We use a gas tankless water heater to heat the spa.
I may actually do that on my spa. It's out of warranty (so I don't need to worry about that) and the electric bill is $$$ in the winter. The new gas heater would pay for itself in one winter.
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Okay, I looked it up. You're definitely in a tough situation, unless you can arrange for the inspector to be replaced by another one with some common sense.

This may be a situation where you give him what he wants, and afterward specifically instruct the HO exactly where and how he's not allowed to place a disconnect after you leave.

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