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  • #16
    Re: Outdoor fan, switch and receptacles for under patio roof

    Firstly, Everything outside must be GFCI protected. Secondly, covers must be used on all outlets and switches (damp location). Thirdly, be warned some inspectors won't allow you to use romex cable. Also, your fan must be rated for damp or wet locations.

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    • #17
      Re: Outdoor fan, switch and receptacles for under patio roof

      Originally posted by johncameron View Post
      Firstly, Everything outside must be GFCI protected. Secondly, covers must be used on all outlets and switches (damp location). Thirdly, be warned some inspectors won't allow you to use romex cable. Also, your fan must be rated for damp or wet locations.
      Thanks for the info but check the last 3 lines in post #1

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      • #18
        Re: Outdoor fan, switch and receptacles for under patio roof

        Sorry, missed that. Last mentioned scenario with the switch would be ok (not trip gfci) but it is now code to run a neutral to every switch box anyway. If you did share the neutral (eg, using a motion or dimmer instead of switch) It would trip the breaker. (again, everything outside must be GFCI protected)
        Make sure to use expansion fittings on the pvc where expansion/contraction will be 1/4" or more. Scd80 pipe if exposed to physical damage. Don't forget to derate wire for ambient temp.

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        • #19
          Re: Outdoor fan, switch and receptacles for under patio roof

          Sorry but everything outside does not need to be GFCI. Light, fans and the switches that control them are not required to be GFCI. Basically receptacles only unless you get into pools and spas, etc.

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          • #20
            Re: Outdoor fan, switch and receptacles for under patio roof

            Sorry,You are right rjniles, just the receptacles are (code wise) required to be gfci protected, but not a bad idea to do the switched circuits too. I have been zapped by touching switch plates outside myself.

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