Wiring question

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Old 11-12-06, 08:51 PM
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Wiring question

In one of my circuits I have a box which contains 1 recepticle and 1 switch. The
switch controls a light fixture. Box is located in master bathroom.

Inside the box there are two sets of cables. One set has two cables ( 1 black and
1 white). Other set has 3 cables (1 black, 1 white, and 1 red).

Recepticle is a gfci and has 3 cables coming from it. One ground, one black,
and one white. Black and white cables are hooked to the "line feeds".

Switch has two cables: one black and othe end is connected to red cable.

The 3 white cables are connected via a pig tail. And the 4 black cables are connected via a compression ring.

Do these cable connections sound correct? From the illustrations in a book I have
the set of cables coming from the power source should be connected to the
"line feeds" of the recepticle and the set of cables going to the next box should
be connected to the "load feeds" of the recepticle. Or am I missing something.

thanks.
 

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Old 11-12-06, 09:06 PM
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You are fine the gfci is wired to only protect itself and nothing else.

Roger
 
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Old 11-12-06, 09:12 PM
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Rookie,

Everything makes sense until you say:

"The 3 white cables are connected via a pig tail. And the 4 black cables are connected via a compression ring."

You have a two-wire cable (black and white) powering the receptable.

And, you have a three-wire cable (black, red, white) switching a light. The black and red were used and they no doubt run to another box where they interrupt the lights power lead.

But where do you get three whites and 4 blacks from?
 
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Old 11-12-06, 09:26 PM
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rkoudelka,
3 whites connected via a pigtail are from the two-wire
cable, the 3-wire cable, and one from the recepticle.

4 whites connected via a compression ring are from the
two-wire cable, the 3 wire cable, the recepticle, and the
switch.

These connections are what is confusing me. I would
have thought the two-wire cable connects to the
recepticles "line" connections and the 3 wire cable connects
to the recepticles "load" connections.
 
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Old 11-12-06, 09:45 PM
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You are not required to gfci protect anything downstream of the gfci unless it is another required gfci protected outlet. Lighting is not required to be gfci protected....is this a gfci close to a bathroom sink that is accessed from a bedroom?
At any rate the circuit is fine the electrician only wanted to protect that individual gfci outlet and nothing else. If however that circuit continues to another bathroom receptacle or other gfci required outlet then you would have to have another gfci type receptacle at that location or a normal receptacle wired off of the load terminals of the gfci upstream from it.

Roger
 
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Old 11-13-06, 09:36 AM
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Roger, you are correct in that the gfci is near a bathroom
sink accessed from a bathroom. And the downstream
recepticles don't go to a bathroom.

Thanks for the info regarding the wiring.
 
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Why did you open this box to begin with?

Just could'nt not ask.
 
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