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Charlotte NC Home Inspector Finds an Improper Outlet.

April 13th, 2012 · No Comments

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Charlotte Home Inspector Preston Sandlin was inspecting a home of Monroe Rd in Charlotte NC when he noticed a outlet that wasn’t protected from the weather or GFCI protected which stands for Grond Fault Circuit Interrupt.  On top of that the out had an open ground.  If this house was built today it would have to be grounded, GFCI protected and wether protected.  GFCI requirements depends on the year the house was built. 

1a. All receptacles outlets within 15 feet of the water, in any direction, also see EXTERIOR.

1b. All receptacles outlets within 20 feet of the water, in any direction, also see EXTERIOR.

2. Effective January 1, 1973.

3a. Changed to ‘with direct grade access to dwelling and outlets’ in 1978. Direct grade access was defined

in 1987 as 6 feet 6 inches or less above grade.

3b. Changed back to ALL dwelling unit exterior outlets in 1996; except an outlet for snow melting equipment

IF on a dedicated circuit and NOT readily accessible.

4. All, except outlets not readily accessible (6 feet 8 inches? or higher) and outlets for dedicated

appliances which are not easily movable (freezer, refrigerator, etc.).

5a. Outdoor spa, receptacles within 15 feet / Indoor spa, receptacles within 20 feet.

5b. Receptacles for motor and electrical equipment.

5c. Indoor spa or hot tub, receptacles within 10 feet for pump motor.

6.a Outlets within 6 feet of kitchen sink to serve as counter top outlets, outlets not to be installed face up in

work surfaces and counter tops.

6b. All outlets which serve as counter top outlets, except outlets for refrigerator or freezer.

7a. At least one, which must be identified as being GFCI protected.

7b. Changed to all receptacles in unfinished basements and crawl spaces, except: laundry, sump pump,

refrigerator or freezer.

7c. Except where not readily accessible.

8. Outlets within 6 feet of wet bar sink to serve as counter top outlets, outlets not to be installed face up in

work surfaces and counter tops.

9a. Unfinished accessory buildings are treated like garage.

9b. Accessory buildings that have a floor located at or below grade and not intended as habitable rooms and

limited to storage areas, work areas, and areas of similar use.

10. Receptacles within 5 feet.

WE RECOMMEND INSTALLING GFCI PROTECTION TO MEET, AT A MINIMUM, THE LATEST AND MOST

CURRENT CODE, AND, ADDITIONALLY, AT ALL WET AREAS OR AREAS WHICH COULD POTENTIALLY

BECOME WET AREAS.

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