I know that in order to protect all the outlets downstream the GFCI outlet
needs to be the first outlet in the chain. But I keep reading that the GFCI
must be the first outlet after the service panel. I DAGS but I can't find
anything that says it's mandatory.
So why can't I put the GFCI as the second outlet for protection there and
the 3rd outlet. I know I wouldn't have the protection in the first on but
that is going to be a major hassle to replace because I would have to rip
out the box because it is too shallow. Besides that outlet is inside the
house and the two I want to protect are outside. I know that it's probably
not up to code that way. But that is how it's been wired for at least 15
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I've got a couple I wired that way when I replaced unprotected outside
recepticals with GFCIs in good weatherproof boxes. I'd chopped into
enough extension cords with my old aluminum bodied B&D hedge trimmer
over the years that I figgered my luck couldn't hold out forever and I'd
better put those GFCIs in. <G>
I can't think of any electrical reason why those aren't "safe", as the
outlets upstream of them are in locations which wouldn't require GFCI
recepticals, but YMMV with your local inspector.
you can buy an extension ring in the wiremold section of the electrical
dept to help with making a small electrical box bigger by extending it
into the room a bit.
"the code" is to protect your life but varies depending on your
address. maybe replace the breaker with a gfi breaker. maybe just add a
gfi outlet for indoor or outdoor circuits. EVEN IF THERE IS NO GROUND
WIRE it offers extra protection.
see also gfi electrical faq at:
see even more thorough details with pictures at:
The Other Funk wrote:
Its perfectly fine to protect just part of a branch curcuit with GFCI so
long as the unportected receptacles aren't required to be GFCI for an
independent reason (outdoor, kitchen, bath, etc). You don't need to label
the unportected receptacle as being so but you should label the downstream
ones as connected to GFCI using the provided stickers if for no other reason
than to remind you to look for the reset button before going to the breaker
You could also replace the breakers in your box with GFCI but they cost a
bit more than a receptacle.
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