GFCI wiring


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Old 04-28-21, 06:22 AM
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GFCI wiring

Okay, I figured out my problem with the waterfall pump, which was the pump cannot run on an extension cord continuously so I am adding a GFCI socket closer to the pump. I have a standard electrical socket near the backdoor of my house and I want to add a GFCI on the opposite side of the wall, which is to my outside porch. My question is, do I need to replace the standard socket with a new GFCI on the inside or just use the standard socket? Also, when tying into the wire where the standard socket is would I attach the new GFCI to the line or load side on the outside of my house.

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Old 04-28-21, 06:45 AM
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Line side. The load side is for any receptacles down the line that would be protected by the gfci. So if you install that gfci inside instead, you would use the load terminals if you were going to feed an exterior outlet off of it. That exterior outlet would then be gfci protected and would be labelled as such.

Any outlet outside needs to be in a weatherproof box with a weatherproof cover.
 
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Old 04-28-21, 09:03 AM
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I will clarify a bit more that outside you need an "in use" weatherproof cover. These are the big covers that will close even with something plugged in.

 
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Old 04-28-21, 06:40 PM
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What is a "socket" ?
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Old 04-28-21, 07:30 PM
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Before anyone jumps on this bandwagon, read up on the etymology of the words. https://english.stackexchange.com/qu...ket-and-outlet

In many parts of the world, plugs go into sockets... and since this site is not 100% American... different terms are often used than what we Americans might be used to.

Interestingly, if your shoulder is dislocated... for some reason they don't say that its come out of its "outlet".

Words are interesting.

Just ask a Brit to explain how us Yanks have fouled up the King's English.
 
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Old 04-30-21, 04:34 PM
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I go by the NEC definition: Receptacle

 
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Someone should give you a Thesaurus for your birthday.
 
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Is that a six-point or 12-point socket?
 
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I agree with Tolyn. The NEC covers it for U.S. electrical systems.
 
 

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