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EODOswald
Re: Frozen PEX lines in a soffit.

Problem's been fixed! Once I got the heat tape installed along the copper pipes, taped down, and the entire thing re-insulated, I haven't had a problem yet!

Now the only question I have, is how to keep power to the heat tape. Currently it's on an extension cord running back into the unfinished basement. I'd considered running Romex out to a GFCI receptacle in between the floor joists, which will give it some fault protection, and also theoretically act as a 'seasonal switch.' I thought of doing a home run straight back to the panel too. . . but I'm not sure what would be to code.

Any ideas? I'd post pictures, but I need to increase my post count first. . .

- Oz

Fencepost
Re: Frozen PEX lines in a soffit.
EODOswald wrote:

I'd considered running Romex out to a GFCI receptacle in between the floor joists, which will give it some fault protection, and also theoretically act as a 'seasonal switch.' I thought of doing a home run straight back to the panel too. . . but I'm not sure what would be to code.

Just remember that all electrical connections (including outlets) must be in an "accessible" location, which could be behind a removable access panel. If it requires a saw or sledgehammer to access, then it's not accessible.

EODOswald
Re: Frozen PEX lines in a soffit.
Fencepost wrote:

Just remember that all electrical connections (including outlets) must be in an "accessible" location, which could be behind a removable access panel. If it requires a saw or sledgehammer to access, then it's not accessible.

Absolutely follow what you're saying. Thankfully, my access to the soffit has been through a removable panel from underneath the soffit, which also gives you access to the area between floor joists where the trap for the tub is and the PEX lines I had trouble with before.

- Oz

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