Put one of these in the other day. I was trying to replace a 15 amp GFCI receptacle outdoors, with a 20 amp. Well the screws used previous were all wooden screws, so the box was useless! I talked the home owner into one of these. Now the front of the house is stone, so the cover couldn't be opened unless it was stuck out a bit! No problem, I did that easily. Just needed a mason to re work the mortar behind the box.
Got a call and the homeowner wants this big bulky cover gone, and a normal cover put on. What the customer wants the customer gets. To a point! It's existing so no inspection or update required! I like to bring things to code if easily accomplished, which it was!
Got thinking about it and I have to agree with the home owner on this one. It's ugly and will likely get broken in short order. Plus, in Alberta winters this does not protect the device!
What do you think? Have manufacturers gone too far here by convincing CSA code writers this is a safer product!
I say the tail shouldn't wag the dog!