Well, it depends on your abilities and whether you can safely
work around electricity. You're in kind of a gray area w/r to
how outlets etc. may be wired in kitchens.
Get kids, relatives, etc. out of the way and keep them there.
Basically, pick out one outlet you want to protect.
Find the breaker that kills it, and leave the breaker off.
Accurately determine which OTHER outlets are also dead.
Do NOT assume that beause one outlet in a pair of outlets
is dead, that the other one is also dead. It MIGHT still have
power on it! So, check EVERY SINGLE receptacle. If you find a
duplex outlet with one receptacle dead, the other live, some
"elegant" but totally legal wiring has been done. Probably best
to get in an electrician unless you REALLY know what your'e
Let's assume when you threw the breaker, that 4 duplex outlets
total died. None of the eight recpetacles in the four outlet
faceplates have power.
That means one GFCI can protect all 4 of those outlets as
long as you figure out which one is first in the line.
To do that:
Take a guess and pull one outlet out of the wall box. Look for
a black wire on a terminal. Disconnect a black wire. Tape the
end of the loose wire or put a wirenut on it, and go turn on the
If the other THREE outlets are all dead, you have found the
first one in the line already! THAT is where the GFCI outlet
If ANY of the other outlets are live, you didn't find the right
Turn off the breaker again.
Put the wire back on the outlet and put it back into the wall.
Choose another outlet, pull it out, disconnect a black wire.
Tape or wirenut that wire.
Turn the breaker back on.
See if ALL THREE Of the other outlets are dead. If so, you have
the one where the GFCI goes. If not, try again.
And so on, until you find the right one which, when you
disconnect the black wire, ALL THREE of the other outlets have no
Put the GFCI in, reconnect all wires, put everything back, and
turn the breaker back on. Make sure ALL FOUR of the outlets (8
receptacles) have power now.
Press the Test Button on the GFCI. ALL FOUR of our imaginary
outlets (8 recpetacles) will lose power. If they don't all lose
power, you've goofed something up. Start over or call an
In fact, as you go along, if anything seems strange or not
working as I and others have said here, stop - put things back
exactly as they were if you can do so accurately, and/or call an
It's possible for a duplex outlet to have two breakers feeding
it, one for each of the two receptacles in it. That means you'd
need two GFCI's, of course. One GFCI per breaker in the case
we're discussing - other applcations can have more.
ELECTRICITY CAN STOP YOUR HEART IN LESS THAN ONE SECOND. So
don't screw up and if you aren't confident of what you're doing,
get reliable assistance.
: > : We are redoing our kitchen & I want to put in GFI outlets
: > (house is 30 yrs
: > : old) in the kitchen. I believe I have read that that one
: > outlet in a
: > : circuit will protect the whole circuit.....If this is true,
: > the GFI
: > : outlet be installed in any of the kitchen outlets (as long
: > it's the same
: > : circuit) or the first one.....closest to the breaker box?
: > do determine
: > : which one (that will protect the whole circuit) or should I
: > just go ahead &
: > : pull all GFI outlets near the sink?
: > :
: > :