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I need some guidance on wiring an outdoor hot tub, from the

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I need some guidance on wiring an outdoor hot tub, from the breaker box to the tub. It belongs to my brother, and a jackleg electrician has already been there making an attempt to do this and blew out the control panel on the hot tub. He has already run a line to the tub, with a breaker in the main box, but not sure what wiring he used. Can you help me with this or is it best left to a professional? Thanks, ***** *****

Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Mike G. replied 1 year ago.

Hi, I'm Mike G and I'll be assisting you.

1) I need to know the wiring method and wire size installed.

2) how far from the house?

3) what does the tub sit on?

4) is there a GFVI breaker on the installed circuit, what size?

5) is there a convience outlet in the area, how far from the tub?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

#1 - I dont know

#2 - Approx 3 or 4 feet from a sliding glass door.

#3 - It sits on a wood deck

#4 - No

#5 - No

Expert:  Mike G. replied 1 year ago.

OK. I can't comment on whether the circuit is right without know what you have. If there isn't a GFCI breaker, that's wrong. If there isn't an outlet 6 ft away from the tub, that's wrong. If anything metal within 10ft of the tub isn't bonded with a #8 solid copper wire, that's wrong.

If you give me the nameplate info, I size the feeder. Also tell me where the panels is.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Ok I cant give you any more information at this time...the hot tub is at a mountain cabin...I'll have to get back to you...

Expert:  Mike G. replied 1 year ago.

No problem. Come back when you can.