GFI Outlet in Laundry Room?

Old 07-12-02, 01:59 PM
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Question GFI Outlet in Laundry Room?

We are selling our current home and after the buyer's inspection, we need to replace a 2-wire outlet in our laundry room with a GFI outlet. Question: Can we simply replace the 2 prong outlet with the GFI using only the 2 wires, and still comply with the code or do we still need to run a ground wire too? Our house was built in 1953.

Old 07-12-02, 02:43 PM
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You can directly replace it. A GFCI outlet works fine without a ground (green or bare) wire.
Just a note: most laundry rooms do not require a GFCI outlet.
Old 07-12-02, 03:33 PM
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Thanks HandyRon!

A GFI is not required even though there is a faucet and utility sink a couple feet away? The sink is on the opposite side of the room from the washer.

Old 07-12-02, 05:35 PM
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What is the basis for the GFI? The Code is is not retroactive, normally unless renovation is under way there is no need to bring things up to date.

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