Kitchen Outlets

Old 08-01-02, 11:29 PM
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Kitchen Outlets

As I am rewiring all old outlets in kitchen, I wonder about the question of GFI. The outlets that I am working with are counter level, and one of them is right by an electric range top. Others are spread around the counter with the closest one being about 5 ft from the sink. They were not GFI before, what do you think???
Old 08-02-02, 03:52 AM
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Code requires they be GFI protected (USA).

If they are all on the same circuit, and nothing else is powered from them, and they are not sharing a neutral with another circuit, you can put a GFI in the first box, connecting power to the "line" screws and powering the rest from the "load" screws. The rest can be regular outlets and still be GFI protected.
Old 08-02-02, 04:08 AM
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Since you are rewiring all of the outlets, yes, code the does require that all outlets that serve the countertop must be gfi protected!!

In the code it no longer references distance from the sink, like it used to. Now, it states that all receptacles intended to serve counter-top surfaces must have protection.

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