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Old 06-16-2012, 11:44 AM   #16
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I thought may be the GFCI receptacle being black would be easier to see.

This is sort of my thinking.

Say right inside the bathroom, besides the sink you have a series of four "devices" all Decora. One switch for overhead lights, one switch for scones next to the medicine cabinet, one switch for a bath fan, and the last one is a GFCI receptacle. The bathroom is foggy and you may be washing your face you reach out your hand to hit the fan switch, and if it's a series of four whites versus three whites and a black you clearly know the black one is the receptacle.

Does it make sense? May be it will look odd and ugly though.

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Boiler & fuel cut-off switches are also Red with a Red plate.
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I don't like to use different color plates, so I don't want a white plate with a white switch, next to a black plate with a black receptacle...would having all white plates but some black GFCI receptacles be awkward looking? I am thinking it's OK right because it hilites the receptacles more?
I think mixing receptacles and plates will look goofier and totally mismatched more so than having an all black combination next to an all white combination.

Could get some zebra vinyl for all the coverplates!
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For one, the bathroom should never have so much steam, that you can not see in it. Always run the fan when taking a shower, otherwise you are just creating problems. Two, pick a color and stick with it. My house is all white switches. For the bath, there are three, and if you are taking a shower, all three are on. If just going to the pot, two are usually switched on.
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Seems to me you are now clutching at straws to justify the color of your purchase? I assume you knew they were black when you bid on/bought them? At $2.50 each you got a good deal and I guess the price paid here is learning to live with the color.

If it is really going to keep you up nights? Sell them on Craig's List and get some, if not all your money back out of them. Or donate them to something like Habitat for Humanity or one of its ReStore's and take them as a donation off your taxes.

Then buy what you really want.
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Seems to me you are now clutching at straws to justify the color of your purchase? I assume you knew they were black when you bid on/bought them? At $2.50 each you got a good deal and I guess the price paid here is learning to live with the color.

If it is really going to keep you up nights? Sell them on Craig's List and get some, if not all your money back out of them. Or donate them to something like Habitat for Humanity or one of its ReStore's and take them as a donation off your taxes.

Then buy what you really want.
Not justifying at all. I was going for white but thought black ones may be better because they stand out more amongst a series of white, and I was thinking if it's a series of white with one black then one would be much less likely to make a mistake of hitting the wrong one.

I don't need to sell them. I have another 20 white GFCI receptacles I need to install, and I can easily switch the 10 black ones I got to use outdoors, where I have 4 eave receptacles, 5 planter receptacles, one next to the pool pump and one next to the outside AC compressor. Those are all single receptacles housed in metallic gray outdoor housings, so black, white, doesn't matter really.

In other words, I have enough of both black and white GFCIs to do what I need and interchange them if necessary. I am still thinking of using the black ones in the bathrooms. May be after I put them up and add a four gang wall plate I will change my mind due to it's look.

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Why are you installing so many GFIs?
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Why are you installing so many GFIs?
Was wondering the same thing. Seems like you will spend an eternity figuring out which one tripped when something goes off.
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Why are you installing so many GFIs?
I have two receptacles per bathroom, so with 4 bathrooms I need 8 GFCIs. I need 6 in the kitchen but some I am going to piggy back them.

I do have a lot of outdoor receptacles due to the house having an interior pool and courtyard. So along the interior outside wall, I have 4 receptacles, and two more in the planter areas (where I think it used to power landscape lights). Outside I have 5 more receptacles, and two more under the eave (for Christmas lights). Since they are outdoors and subject to rain, they have to be GFCI right?
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I have two receptacles per bathroom, so with 4 bathrooms I need 8 GFCIs. I need 6 in the kitchen but some I am going to piggy back them.

I do have a lot of outdoor receptacles due to the house having an interior pool and courtyard. So along the interior outside wall, I have 4 receptacles, and two more in the planter areas (where I think it used to power landscape lights). Outside I have 5 more receptacles, and two more under the eave (for Christmas lights). Since they are outdoors and subject to rain, they have to be GFCI right?
Most people install the GFCI at the first appearance of the circuit and then run the additional receptacles (non GFCI) of the load side of the GFCI.
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I have two receptacles per bathroom, so with 4 bathrooms I need 8 GFCIs. I need 6 in the kitchen but some I am going to piggy back them.

I do have a lot of outdoor receptacles due to the house having an interior pool and courtyard. So along the interior outside wall, I have 4 receptacles, and two more in the planter areas (where I think it used to power landscape lights). Outside I have 5 more receptacles, and two more under the eave (for Christmas lights). Since they are outdoors and subject to rain, they have to be GFCI right?
Most people install the GFCI at the first appearance of the circuit and then run the additional receptacles (non GFCI) of the load side off the GFCI.
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I can think of two times to use different colored plugs:
  • Identify receptacles that are on the generator, similar to hospitals. I use red receptacles for circuits on the generator that way people know there is something special, instead of me having bad fashion sense.
  • Identify the different circuits in a kitchen. My brother entertains a lot and needs to have the caterers balance loads across the three circuits in the kitchen
Now you can take the second option to an extreme. The Leviton ReNu collection comes in 21 different colors. So you could use a different color for each circuit.
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Most people install the GFCI at the first appearance of the circuit and then run the additional receptacles (non GFCI) of the load side off the GFCI.
In other words, the GFCI protects itself and all the outlets after it. You do not need a GFCI for each outlet.
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Most people install the GFCI at the first appearance of the circuit and then run the additional receptacles (non GFCI) of the load side off the GFCI.
I do the same where possible.

However, since this is an older house with all EMT conduits, the progression of the wiring is not always in the same logical sense as one would like to run the GFCI ones. For example, if I have a kitchen receptacle that two feet away horizontal with a direct run of wires I would. But if the receptacle two feet away is reached by up the attic and back down vertically, and on the way past another box, I would then just use another GFCI receptacle and not bother with running extra dedicated wires from the load side GFCI.

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