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Old 03-05-2011, 10:20 PM   #1
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do I need GFI for all kitchen counter outlets

Is it code to have GFI outlets for all kitchen outlets regardless how far from sink? I have three outlets on the back splash wall which I do not think are GFI'ed. They definately are not GFI type outlets, but I know that you can have one GFI in a house and feed many normal outlets when then all become GFI protected.

Is there any way for me to know if these 3 outlets are maybe connected to a GFI throughout the house?

If I do not need add GFI protection for all 3, then I'd want to buy just one and ensure the other 2 are being feed from the one. What is the easiest way to know/ensure that all three are on the same line? If I can confirm that these three are feed from each other, then I assume replacing just one of the outlets with a GFI would make them all protected. Please confirm.



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Old 03-05-2011, 10:38 PM   #2
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In the US all countertop receptacles in the kitchen require GFI protection.

Plug a lamp or radio into the receptacles and push the TEST button to see if they are downstream of a GFI.


Answers based on the National Electrical Code. Local amendments may apply. Check with your local building officials.
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Old 03-06-2011, 06:33 AM   #3
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Not only must all countertop (small appliance) outlets be GFI protected, there must be at least two 20-amp small appliance circuits. They must be each fed by a separate breaker that does not supply anything else in the house.

What is typically done (I did my house this way) is to alternate the outlets so that no two next to each other are on the same circuit. This greatly minimizes the chance of an overload.
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