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kupalino 12-18-2009 10:05 PM

Circuit breaker question
 
I'm adding a circuit breaker for receptacles in my basement and I'm wondering if using Square D Ground Fault 20-AMP circuit breaker (I think this has built in GFCI) with regular receptacles is the same as using a regular circuit breaker with GFCI receptacles down the line.

thanks.


Scuba_Dave 12-18-2009 10:06 PM

Yes you can use a GFCI breaker instead of a GFCI outlet

These are different from AFCI -arc fault
So make sure you get the right one

Yoyizit 12-18-2009 10:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kupalino (Post 368994)
if using Square D Ground Fault 20-AMP circuit breaker (I think this has built in GFCI) with regular receptacles is the same as using a regular circuit breaker with GFCI receptacles down the line.

Troubleshooting ground fault problems will be easier with indiv. GFCIs.

Scuba_Dave 12-18-2009 10:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Yoyizit (Post 368997)
Troubleshooting ground fault problems will be easier with indiv. GFCIs.

That's true
So it depends upon what you are going to be plugging in & what you will be wiring
But...my pool cabana has had a GFCI breaker for all outlets & lights for 10+ years without a problem
I have since added more circuits....

micromind 12-18-2009 11:22 PM

GFI receptacles are far less costly than breakers.

If you use the receptacles, and one trips, it's much easier to reset than going out to the panel.

Rob

vsheetz 12-19-2009 12:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by micromind (Post 369029)
GFI receptacles are far less costly than breakers.

If you use the receptacles, and one trips, it's much easier to reset than going out to the panel.

Rob

X2 on both counts.

kbsparky 12-19-2009 12:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by micromind (Post 369029)
GFI receptacles are far less costly than breakers.

If you use the receptacles, and one trips, it's much easier to reset than going out to the panel.

Rob

Depends on where the receptacle vs the panel are located. :yes:

In the case of outside receptacles, venturing between snow covered bushes trying to reset an errant GFCI device is much more inconvenient than a trip to the utility room and opening the breaker box door. :whistling2:


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