Code requires the whirlpool bath pump and heater to be on separate,
dedicated GFICs. The outlets for the pump and heater
must be concealed at the end of the tub, behind a access panel.
The question is how to allow for easy GFIC testing and reset.
If the protection is provided by GFIC units at the service panel, one
has to go outdoors to test or reset.
If the protection is provided by GFIC receptacles, one has to remove
the access panel at the tub
to do it. Neither solution is conducive to the recommended frequent
test. Jacuzzi says before each use!
One thought is to put the actual GFIC receptacle at an exposed
location, and feed the concealed
receptacle off of it. This would provide the GF protection, but may
not meet a strict interpretation
of the code, since the exposed receptacle could be used for something
else. Another objection
to this approach is that the most convenient place to put the exposed
receptacle may appear
strange. For example, in my case the pump end of the tub is up against
a stub partition that
forms the tub niche on one side and the toilet niche on the other.
Putting two junction boxes back-to-back
4 inches off the floor in the stub partition would be very convenient,
but anyone using the
toilet would surely wonder why we need an electrical outlet
beside the toilet! (BTW, it's the bathroom used by visitors.)
So, what's a better solution? Is there any such thing as a GFIC outlet
with a remote test/reset button?