I am installing receptacles in the 2nd floor outside soffet in my sisters house
for christmas lights. do i need to gfci them and have in use cover?
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Found them :Do they make a standard weather proof receptacles?
I believe Pierre meant that it must be GFCI protected, but it doesn't have to be a GFCI receptacle itself; it certainly may be.Can you please cite the code section that says this? Thanks.
Sure. Required in the 08 NEC, but the marking is WR for weather resistant. And its not just GFCI receptacles but any receptacle in 406.8BTW, I just found out about this recently but they are now making GFI receptacles rated specifically for outdoor use. They have a "w/p" stamped on the face. Has anyone heard of or have info on these ?
It seems to me that the AHJ can decide if your "in the 2nd floor outside soffet " location is acceptable under the "or the like" definition of damp location in 408.6A. A 12 inch eave/soffit does not offer a lot of protection. I heard somewhere a local interpretation that defined the protection to be the area under the eave within a 45 degree angle of the roof edge. If I read this section correctly the AHJ could make you use an in-use cover unless it's an open porch area, mezzanine, or canopy.