Trying to install GFCI outlet

Old 05-31-04, 08:13 AM
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I need to install a GFCI outlet in my kitchen however, when my wife disconnected the wires from the old one she didn't notice where this red wire was placed.

So now I have a black, white, copper, and red wire but the instructions only call for the first three.

Can anyone help??
Old 05-31-04, 12:16 PM
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Sounds like you have a split receptacle. Take a look at the old receptacle and see if the tab is broken off the gold side. If it is, you cannot replace this receptacle with a GFCI. You need to change the double breaker to GFCI.
Old 05-31-04, 01:39 PM
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If you find what Joe suspects (and I think you probably will), then you can install a GFCI here using either the black and white, or the red and white, capping the other one off securely to make sure it does not contact anything. This may not be a legal solution if you are in Canada, which Joe would know better than I.

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