Ground Fault Outlets


Old 01-08-06, 07:47 AM
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Ground Fault Outlets

We recently had the kitchen remodeled, and had the outlets removed from the walls, and a power strip run along under the top cabinets. It is not GFI. Can I change the circuit breaker in the box to bring this to code?
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Old 01-08-06, 08:19 AM
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The brief answer is, that a GFCI circuit breaker will offer the same protection as GFCI receptacles.
There are lots of other things to consider, to determine whether it would bring the kitchen up to code. For example, are there (2) 20A circuits? Are the receptacle no more than 20 inches above the countertop? What else is on the receptacle circuit other than kitchen receptacles, etc.
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You said that you "had" the kitchen remodeled, implying that it was done by professionals. During any kitchen remodel, you must bring the kitchen up to today's codes. Because the kitchen is the most electrically regulated room in your house, there are hundreds of such codes. But the people who did the kitchen should have ensured that all those codes were followed. Do you have some reason to doubt if they properly followed all codes? Are you sure that the power strip isn't already GFCI protected? It might be, even if it doesn't look like it.
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