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    Default GFI breaker to an outlet?

    Have a one year old house that we had built with a whirlpool tub that is in somewhat of a different room from the true room with the sinks. Issue is there is no outlet in this bathtub room. The tub is on a circuit of its own and there is a GFI breaker that is the same size as a GFI outlet but it is not an outlet. This breaker is about 10 foot from the tub and my question is can I replace this breaker with a true GFI outlet to be used for something small like a night light?

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    the last part of your question is not clear enough for me to reply. Is it a outlet on a GFI breaker that is 10' away? please restate your question.

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    Default Re: GFI breaker to an outlet?

    Ok, I don't know what you call the item in the wall but imagine a true GFI outlet that has the test button and the reset button and the two outlets. Well this is the same item that has only the two buttons, no outlets so if the tub tripped, all I would have to do is to hit the reset button on the wall. This is what is about 10 ft from the tub but as I stated, this tub is on a circuit of its own from the panel box. This is where I want to take that devise out and replace it with a full GFI outlet.

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    I sent you a e-mail with my phone number call me and maybe I can help you. I am still not sure what you have

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    If I'm understanding correctly what you have is like the device on the far right.

    If it's 10' away you should be fine with changing it to a GFCI type receptacle.

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    Default Re: GFI breaker to an outlet?

    Yes, the far right is exactly what it is.

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    Yeah, not real clear on the terms you are using. Your tub falls under article 680 of the NEC as a Hydromassage bath tub and is required to have a GFCI protected receptacle no less than 6' and no more than 20' from the tub.
    There are constraints for cord and plug connected equipment used in these areas.

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    (Insert photo of a ranting mad woman beating on a dead horse here.)

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    Default Re: GFI breaker to an outlet?

    Have been out of town for several days so just now came back into this. OK, OK, after reading all the comments and laughing my butt off at the bickering, I will take the best advice I saw and not do anything but leave things the way they are. Safety for the family is the best thing.
    Now, hope to get an answer to this without starting a new thread.

    What is the difference in the $1.00 outlet and the $4.00 outlet that you buy at a hardware store? Are they both safe to install? If there is a safety issue, why do they sell the cheaper ones?

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    Default Re: GFI breaker to an outlet?

    Quote Originally Posted by mbr_rainman View Post
    Have been out of town for several days so just now came back into this. OK, OK, after reading all the comments and laughing my butt off at the bickering, I will take the best advice I saw and not do anything but leave things the way they are. Safety for the family is the best thing.
    Now, hope to get an answer to this without starting a new thread.

    What is the difference in the $1.00 outlet and the $4.00 outlet that you buy at a hardware store? Are they both safe to install? If there is a safety issue, why do they sell the cheaper ones?
    No safety issue as they both will pass UL & CES standards.
    But the three dollar device will be a better built product.
    If the said device will be used heavily, the better built device would be the proper choice.
    But say an general purpose outlet in the attic, very handy but hardly ever used, the one dollar device would be an OK choice.

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