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gone_fishing 12-27-2008 10:24 PM

GFCI in garage?
 
I am about to overhaul my attached garage. I plan on installing 4 20amp outlets. Do all need to be GFCI or just the first in the line?

chris75 12-27-2008 10:36 PM

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Originally Posted by gone_fishing (Post 203250)
I am about to overhaul my attached garage. I plan on installing 4 20amp outlets. Do all need to be GFCI or just the first in the line?


Depends on how they are wired.

AllanJ 12-27-2008 10:56 PM

Each garage receptacle needs GFCI protection. This can usually be accomplished with one GFCI unit per circuit located either at your panel as a breaker or at the first outlet box as a GFCI receptacle unit.

When a 120/240 volt circuit (with one neutral) is run to the garage, usually the easiest way or providing GFCI protection is to use a double wide GFCI breaker in your panel.

gone_fishing 12-27-2008 11:19 PM

Allan, so I can run a new 20amp circuit and make the first outlet a GFCI and the rest regular 20amp outlets?

theatretch85 12-27-2008 11:27 PM

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Originally Posted by gone_fishing (Post 203277)
Allan, so I can run a new 20amp circuit and make the first outlet a GFCI and the rest regular 20amp outlets?

Yes. Just make sure to daisy chain the outlets and wire the additional outlets from the LOAD terminals on the GFCI.

BataviaJim 12-28-2008 01:00 PM

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Originally Posted by theatretch85 (Post 203279)
Yes. Just make sure to daisy chain the outlets and wire the additional outlets from the LOAD terminals on the GFCI.

There should be instructions in the GFCI box. All the ones I've bought have a little sheet with diagrams explaining how to connect them as standalone or chained.

Termite 12-28-2008 01:06 PM

GFCI breakers in the panel are a huge inconvenience unless the panel is conveniently located in the garage. Only one GFCI receptacle is needed per circuit, as the downstream receptacles can be wired off the GFCI's load terminals.


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