Originally Posted By: tgardner
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Last week I inspected a condo unit ( 3rd floor) and discovered that the exterior entry Receptacle and the rear deck(balcony) exterior receptacles did not have GFCI protection. Checking that the unit was built in 2002, under the 1996 NEC, I called this out as needing GFCI protection.
The condo maintenance technician called me up and said the "since they are more than 6.5 feet above grade, they don't need GFCI receptacles". I said that I thought he may be wrong, but that I would call the local building inspection dept. and inquire.
Victor Cruz, a Bedford County, VA building inspection official, agreed with the maint. tech. stating that since they were on the third floor they were more than 6.5 feet above grade and therefore exempt from the GFCI protection requirement.
These receptacles were 16" above the deck level and certainly accessible. Am I in a time warp here or are they correct in their interpretation of the code?
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