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Old 8/4/08, 1:50 PM
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Default Garbage Disposal GFCI ??

Should a garbage disposal receptacle be GFCI protected. It is a switched receptacle but it is also within 6 feet of the sink (though underneath). I have always worked on the assumption that it should be even though it is switched.

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Old 8/4/08, 2:28 PM
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If the disposal is on a wet bar or laundry sink then it would require GFCI protection.

If the disposal is for the kitchen sink then it would not require GFCI protection.
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Mike are you assuming cord and plug connected? (as the OP specified)
If so he is pointing out that 210.8(A)(6) <kitchen in a dwelling> only requires GFCI on the receptacles serving the countertop but (7) <laundry, utility and wet bar sinks> does not make the countertop distinction and just says where the receptacles are installed within 6 feet.
A hard wired disposal in a wet bar sink would not require GFCI
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Old 8/4/08, 10:16 PM
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99 and 02 codes state: Wet Bar Sinks. Where the receptacles are installed to serve the countertop surfaces and are located within 6 ft. of the outside edge of the wet bar sink. I don't have the other code books on hand.

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(7) Laundry, utility, and wet bar sinks where the receptacles are installed within 1.8 m (6 ft) of the outside edge of the sink

You do make a point though of if it was in compliance when it was installed it is still in compliance today
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You do make a point though of if it was in compliance when it was installed it is still in compliance today
I do and I will recommend upgrades to the current standards noting that the upgrades are not required. I also include a little blurb about the importance of GFCI protected outlets.
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