I have an outside outlet that is not GFCI. I wish to add a GFCI outlet.
Normally this would be no problem as the wiring is pretty straight forward.
However, on this particular outlet, the upper outlet (of the two) is wired
to a switch inside the house and the lower outlet is always on. So instead
of having ground (copper), neutral (white) and hot (black) to wire, I have
ground, neutral, hot and a red wire which I assume is a second hot.
How do I handle this? I wish to keep the outlet the way it is today with
one switched and one always on.
is the switch fed by a circuit that leaves the outlet, or is it fed
seperately? if its fed seperately, try putting the gfci somewhere that
it can feed both of those circuits and then you can use a regular outlet
outside as it is now. you can also do a gfci circuit breaker I
believe. Not sure what is code though.
"They make GFCI receptacle/switch combos but the local BORG may not
have them. Try an electrical supply house if you can't find one at the
That doesn't solve the problem. What he has is an outlet that is wired
so that one half of the outlet is wired direct, while the other half is
wired to a switch somewhere else. This is fairly common. The only
solutions are to either put one GFCI in another upstream outlet that
feeds both, put one GFCI upstream in both circuits, or put in a GFCI
breaker. I think the latter is the easiest and best.
On Sat, 06 Aug 2005 23:12:02 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Another solution that should meet your requirements assuming that what
you said is true, they are on one circuit with no other outlets. (I
am assuming that the one circuit includes both the switched and
Install a GFCI outlet near your breaker panel (you can never have
enough outlets right?) Use the circuit that feeds your existing
outside circuit and loop the protected load side of the GFCI to the
outdoor outlet. Every outlet on that circuit will then receive GGCI
protection. Make sure that you also have protective ground and
Assuming you want a GFCI protected outlet with one switched and one
unswitched receptacle in the same gang, unless you can find a seperately
wireable GFCI, I think you are stuck. On a normal outlet, there is a tab
you can break to seperate the outlets, the cheap GFCI I just looked at
didn't have anything obvious.
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