adding GFCIs

Old 07-08-03, 10:04 AM
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adding GFCIs

I have a GFCI circuit that goes to the garage. The actual recept in the garage is a regular type (not GFCI), but is labeled GFCI. Is this OK to have non GFCI recepts on a GFCI circuit and what are the basic rules regarding this?, i.e. do they have to be downstream of the GFCI recept or as long as there is one GFCI recept in the circuit that is OK?

The reason I ask is I would like to add a recept or 2 in the garage and will tap into the exisiting GFCI circuit. Should the recepts I add be GFCI or std? Thanks for any advice.

Old 07-08-03, 11:42 AM
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There are a number of ways to provide GFCI protection, and you only need one: (1) using a GFCI breaker protects the whole circuit, (2) using a GFCI receptacle provides protection at the receptacle, (3) standard receptacles wired to the load side of a GFCI receptacle are also protected.

A simple $8 outlet tester can confirm whether these garage receptacles are appropriately protected. Using a GFCI receptacle when the wire is already GFCI protected is a waste of money.

So if your outlet tester confirms that GFCI protection already exists on a garage receptacle, you can use a standard receptacle when adding to it.
Old 07-09-03, 02:03 PM
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Thanks John, I will pick up a GFCI tester to confirm that I'm properly protected.

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