Installing WRTR Receptacles – Is it necessary?

This week we have a service call to move a receptacle on a boat dock. This is both a wet and damp environment, so let’s see what we need to do for this job.

The first thing I needed to do after disconnecting power, was to disassemble the existing circuit. This meant opening up a junction box in the structure and taking apart the existing wiring and conduit. I also had to remove an old bell box and receptacle that was attached, as the customer wanted it moved to a different location.

Next, I had to install a new bell box at the new outlet location using self-drilling screws into the steel post nearby. Now in order to get wire from the junction box to the new receptacle, I had to run conduit. The easiest thing to do for the location was to pre-wire a “whip” made out of carflex, measure it and cut it to size. This way I could install the entire conduit system and wire at the same time, rather than trying to install metal conduit, with couplings connectors, and tons of bends. This saved a ton of time.

Once I got the next conduit and wire in place I hooked up both ends, installed a new WRTR receptacle, and in-use cover, closed everything up, re-energized the circuit, and tested with my plug tester. I ensured that this receptacle was on a GFCI circuit, cleaned up, and walked away. On to the next job.