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Old 02-26-2012, 07:35 PM   #1
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Every outdoor receptacle at a house needs to be GFCI protected, unless it is for snow or deicing, fine.

I got a call today for a septic tank sewage pump that trips it's GFI, every once in a while (3 or 4 months). The float switch and pump are plugged into a weatherproof receptacle, with a in use cover, the GFI receptacle is not a WR type. The last septic pump I wired had a slick pedestal arrangement so that there was not a receptacle and no need for a GFI.

So far, the best solution I have for getting rid of the GFI is to cut off the plug ends and make the proper connections in a j box (knowing that one cord is the float switch that turns on the pump). Can anybody think of a better way?

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Some of those cords cannot be cut as they may have breathers in them. I would check with the AHJ on this.

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Exception No. 2 to (3): A single outlet receptacle supplied by dedicated branch circuit which is located and identified for specific use by a sewage lift pump.
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Can anybody think of a better way?
Megger the pump and cords before you go cutting cord ends off and getting rid of GFCI's.
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Megger the pump and cords before you go cutting cord ends off and getting rid of GFCI's.
What a concept, locate and fix the problem instead of circumventing safety equipment.
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