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    Portable hot tub electrical code

    I have read over the NEC code regarding hot tub installation, but it seems somewhat convoluded to me. Perhaps someone with a better understanding/experience could answer my question. I have an outdoor subpanel already installed at my pool equipment pad that is located approximately 15 away from where I plan to have the hot tub placed. I believe the code reads a manual disconnect must be installed a min of 5ft away and visible to the occupants. My question is am I code complaint with just an appropiate size 240 volt GFCI doubel pole breaker in the my existing subpanel or do I need to have a seperate disconnect regardless? Thanks
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    Re: Portable hot tub electrical code

    Using a breaker as your disconnect is fine as long as it can be seen from the spa.
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    Re: Portable hot tub electrical code

    Thanks for the reply, Jason.

    This is where(to me at least) the code seems open to some interpretation. The proposed spa location and the sub panel is separated by a 5 ft fence, however, the panel is still visible depending on where you are standing and there is a gate directly adjacent allowing quick/direct path between the two. I realize that ultimately this is for my local inspector to decide, but I'm just trying to get some opinions on the matter.
    Completed: June 2011
    18' X 38' IG Vinyl, 3' - 8' depth ~ 24K gallons
    2 skimmers, 2 wall suctions, 3 returns, 1.5" piping

    Hayward Equipment: 1HP Tri-star 2-speed, Aqua-Plus SWG,
    Star-Clear Plus 175 sqft cartridge filter, Colorlogic 4.0 LED

    The Pool Cleaner 4X(suction)
    2011 Jacuzzi J-280 Hot tub

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    Re: Portable hot tub electrical code

    While that is open to some interpretation and the inspector might do anything, many inspectors will fail that.
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