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Old 11-28-2008, 06:25 PM   #1
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GFCI and garbage disposal

Is it necessary for a garbage disposal be on a gfci-protected circuit? If not, is it a good idea? It seems to me it would be, since I've always got wet hands when I flip the disposal switch.

While I'm at it, should a dishwasher be gfci-protected?


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Old 11-28-2008, 07:11 PM   #2
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GFCI and garbage disposal

No. Neither one requires it. And given the fact that I do this for a living it is my opinion that neither one needs it either.

What does flipping the switch with a wet hand matter? What about the bath fan? Kitchen lights? Garage lights? All these areas you could have wet hands.

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Unless required by the manufacturer (I really doubt that), No.
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