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Old 01-02-16, 10:35 AM
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I have a small elect heater for a family room downstairs. Have 3 outlets on a 20amp bk. The outlet that I'm going to use is at the end of the line. Can I use the outlet that is there or do I need to install a GFI. Have outside wall in room insulated and have a heat run for room, just doesn't seem enough.
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Old 01-02-16, 10:58 AM
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No GFCI is required in a finished basement family room.
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There is no need to install a GFCI receptacle just because you're plugging a heater into it. The need for a GFCI receptacle is determined by the location of the receptacle, not what is plugged into it.
Old 01-02-16, 11:04 AM
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No such thing as a small electric 120 volt heater. They almost all are 1500 watts unless they have a switch for choosing the watts. It would be best to not have anything else plugged into the circuit or use it on less than 1500 watts. (1500 watts = 12.5 amps.)

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