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Old 01-21-2012, 08:59 PM   #11
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There are a lot of things we don't really need in life. We don't need helmets, seatbelts, safety rules, etc. But, those things are there because the consequences of the chance that you are in some sort of accident outweigh the cost of the protection.

I really enjoy homebrewing, but its not worth dying for.


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Old 01-22-2012, 06:24 PM   #12
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If you have plugs on your electrical devices and they are in a possibly wet environment, you need GFCI by code.. The reason your hot water heater is not required to have GFCI is that you are not plugging it in to use it... If you decide to not use GFCI, your grounds should be really, really good and inspected often, and you should not ever plug things in with the outlets energized... a main contactor with an e-stop on it would serve this purpose. If you use GFCI, I highly suggest doing a wet run with no grain *all the way through*, I can imagine there would be nothing like a GFCI constantly tripping to ruin your day and tempt you to take a shortcut...

Then again, I am an electrical engineer and I can't count how many times I have shocked myself... never while making beer, though...

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Old 01-22-2012, 08:23 PM   #13
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Old 01-23-2012, 01:21 PM   #14
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Thank you everyone for stressing the importance of having a GFCI
protecting you . I installed a spa panel and feel much safer now.
For $50.00 it's a no brainer , what was I thinking ?

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