GFCI on two receptacles

Old 03-15-04, 07:34 AM
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GFCI on two receptacles

Finishing my basement, passed all the inspections and the wiring is good.

I screwed up and bought 1 extra gfci and 1 less standard receptacle.

The circuit is a home run with 2 receptacles on it and nothing else.

First receptacle has 6 wires coming in, second receptacle has 3 wires coming in.

How do I wire the two gfci receptacles, one in each box?

Old 03-15-04, 07:51 AM
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The simplest answer is to follow the directions that come with the GFCI. I realize that there is a lot of tiny print on that instruction sheet, but I encourage you to read it all.

By three wires, can I assume you mean one cable with black, white, and bare wires? By six wires, can I assume two of such cables?

At the box with two cables, you need to figure out which one comes from the panel and which one goes to the other receptacle. Then connect the power cable black to "line" side "hot", and power cable white to "line" side "white". Connect the other cable to the "load" side (black to "hot" and white to "white"). Use a green wire nut to connect the two bare wires together with the pigtail going to the green screw on the GFCI.

At the box with only one cable, I encourage you to return the GFCI and install a regular receptacle. Save the GFCI for another day. But if you don't want to do that, then just connect black to "line" side "hot", white to "line" side "white", and bare to the green screw.

The words I put in quotes are printed on the back of the GFCI.
Old 03-15-04, 04:00 PM
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If these are the only 2 GFCI protected receptacles on the circuit, Use the "line" connections only and wire them as f they were any other normal receptacle. Connect black to gold and white to silver screws.

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