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Old 04-25-2012, 12:12 PM   #1
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Can an outside receptacle be protected by a GFCI on the inside of my garage or must the recep. outside be a GFCI aslo?

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Can an outside receptacle be protected by a GFCI on the inside of my garage or must the recep. outside be a GFCI aslo?
Receptacle outside can get its power from the LOAD side of your GFCI which is inside garage

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Remember when placing the GCFI that it protects itself and all in front of it in the circuit.

Lost a friend years ago who trusted GCFI house wiring and could not let go of his concrete wet saw. I am a big believer in investing in at least a basic portable GCFI for use with outdoor power tools, extension cords and so forth. They used to be expensive but are not anymore. Cheap insurance.


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Remember when placing the GCFI that it protects itself and all in front of it in the circuit.

Lost a friend years ago who trusted GCFI house wiring and could not let go of his concrete wet saw. I am a big believer in investing in at least a basic portable GCFI for use with outdoor power tools, extension cords and so forth. They used to be expensive but are not anymore. Cheap insurance.

It protects itself and all after it, not what is in front.
Why would you trust a portable cord any more than a properly wired GFI receptacle or are you referring to using this at an unknown receptacle?
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It protects itself and all after it, not what is in front.
Why would you trust a portable cord any more than a properly wired GFI receptacle or are you referring to using this at an unknown receptacle?
Ooops. Wrong wording. Typed to fast. Glad you caught it!

I trust the portable because I do not know if the home I am working on has a properly wired GCFI protecting the circuit I am tapping so yes it is an unknown situation.
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OK, So a regular receptacle can be used on the exterior of my garage downstream from a GFCI receptacle on the interior of my garage and will be GFCI protected and will not violate code?
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You just need the GFI protection. It does not matter where in the circuit it comes from. Portable GFI devices would not count towards this. It would need to be a GFI breaker or receptacle.

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