ok I have 1 gfci in each bathroom and 1 in the kitchen and 1 in the
masterbedroom and 1 in the laundry room.
is this a safe setup or should I go for more of a electrical gfci
electrical breaker for better protection.
also how do you wire 2 gfci in order?
I tried to hook 2 inline for the kitchen countertop recptales near the
sink but only 1 would work and the other wouldn't even though when I
put replace the second gfci with a standard wall plug it works.
the house standard wiring white,black ground wiring. and the whole has
is grounded as i have checked each recptacle.
thanks in advance.
If your intention is to do what Nec requires for new installations: All
counter outlets in the kitchen, all bathroom outlets, all outlets outside,
all outlets in unfinished parts of basements, and all wall outlets in
garage, should be GFCI protected
The NEC has no such exemption. *Some* receptacles in garages and
unfinished basements are exempted from GFCI requirements depending on
*where* they are located. Other receptacles, including kitchen counter,
must be GFCI protected whether refrigeration is plugged in or not. And
in a commercial kitchen, receptacles must be GFCI protected including
those used by refrigerators and freezers.
Refrigerators/freezers should not trip a GFCI.
On Jul 19, 6:56 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I think both are safe solutions. So which ever you feel comfortable
In general you do not need to hook two GFCI's together with one
downstream of the other. In effect you will have redundant protection.
Note that only one GFCI will trip when a fault condition occurs. Which
one will depend on the GFCI sensitivity. i.e. pretty much 50-50
probability which one will trip.
The advantage of the breaker way is that everything on the circuit is
protected. Somethimes you do not want this. e.g. a fridge. Fridges
should be not on GFCI circuits according to NEC code. GFCI receptacles
allows you to have seperate stops for each appliance. I.E. if one
thing trips a GFCI, the other appliances on othre GFCI's will remain
Note that you can use a receptacle GFCI to protect everything on a
circuit. You have to wire the GFCI as the First one on that circuit.
All other receptacles, which can be plain vanilla receptacles (non-
GFCIs) which are downstream of that are protected.
You can google for GFCI info on the web. One site which takes a while
to go through is the Leviton WebSite www.leviton.com. They have an ez-
learn step by step on-line lecture guide on GFCI's. It takes a while
to sign up etc. and sit through the demo. But I found it quite good.
One final tip is if you have not already got one, maybe you should
also consider buying a Volt Tic.
This senses when wires are live. It saved me a few times. About $US
20. Other maufacturers also make these, perhaps cheaper in the $US 15
warmest regards, Mike.
A GFCI breaker also includes overcurrent protection.
A GFCI breaker is (normally) only available from the panel manufacturer
- no competition. (There is competition between panels, but GFCI cost is
one of a number of comparison factors.) GFCI receptacles are available
from a wide variety of competing sources.
GFCI receptacles are produced in very large numbers.
I prefer them at or close to the point of the fault. I hate having
to run downstairs (or outside in our case) to reset a tripped GFCI.
Sometimes it's cold and the neighbors complain when it's the bathroom
circuit that's tripped. ;-)
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