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Old 01-14-2009, 10:37 AM   #1
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I currently have a GFCI outlet in the basement laundry room and just outside the wall is an exterior outlet that doesn't appear to be GFCI protected. Can I run from the laundry outlet through the existing wall penetration to the outdoor outlet? Not sure if this didn't follow code or generally accepted practices.

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Should be fine. Are you sure the exterior outlet isn't protected by a GFCI somewhere else?

IF you feel comfortable doing this, you can try shorting neutral and ground to see if it trips.

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Looks like the service panel runs to a GFCI outlet that runs the sump pump below. That outlet wiring then runs back into the service panel where it is pigtailed to the outdoor receptacle wiring. Seems like if the outdoor outlet trips the GFCI, I might be out of luck with no power to the sump pump. If you have anymore input , let me know. Thanks for the quick response!
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You could hit the test button on the sump pump GFCI and check for power at the outside outlet. That will test your theory.
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Buy one of those battery powered water sensing alarms from a big box store and place it near the sump pump. About ten bucks or so.
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You dont want your sump pump on a gfci circuit it could go bad and allow flooding it should be a dedicated circuit with a single plug outlet.All plugs outside should be on a gfci.How old is your house
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You dont want your sump pump on a gfci circuit it could go bad and allow flooding it should be a dedicated circuit with a single plug outlet.All plugs outside should be on a gfci.How old is your house

The 2008 did away with those exceptions, nothing wrong with a pump on a GFCI.
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I currently have a GFCI outlet in the basement laundry room and just outside the wall is an exterior outlet that doesn't appear to be GFCI protected. Can I run from the laundry outlet through the existing wall penetration to the outdoor outlet? Not sure if this didn't follow code or generally accepted practices.
If this GFCI receptacle is part of the required laundry circuit, then it is a code violation to feed an outside receptacle from that circuit. If the outside receptacle is not GFCI protected, then replace it with a GFCI.
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I dont care if they did do away with it,why would have it on a gfi,your only asking for problems if it fails.If the wire from the panel goes to the gfi then to the sump you can put both wires on the line side of the gfi and that will take the sump off of the gfi,but the feed out of the sump will also be taken of the gfi.
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I dont care if they did do away with it,why would have it on a gfi.
Because its code. Your making it harder than it has to be, buy a battery back up unit if you depend on your sump pump... what would you do if the utility failed? Never mind the GFCI.
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A ups for a sunp pump? That would buy you 5 whole minutes.
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A ups for a sunp pump? That would buy you 5 whole minutes.
They actually make sump pumps that have a battery backup system. I don't know what the rated run time is for the battery backup units, but its a complete charging system designed for the sump pump. I have seen them in use before and the battery sits in its own battery box; basically just a heavy duty car battery.

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