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Old 01-24-2007, 08:00 AM   #1
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GFCI receptacle

What is a GHCI receptacle and what is it use for? How does it work? Should all receptacles in the bathroom and laundry room be GFCI? How do I tell the difference between a line and load wire? Can they be connected to the same post on a receptacle?


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Old 01-24-2007, 09:39 AM   #2
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I believe GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter.

On the back of a GFCI receptacle it should be clearly marked "Line" and "Load".

NEC2002, 210.8 - "All 125-volt, single-phase, 15- and 20-ampare receptacles installed in the locations specified in (1) through (8) shall have a ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection for personnel.

(1) Bathrooms
(2)Garages, and also accessory buildings that have a floor located at or below grade level not intended as habitable rooms and limited to storage areas, work areas, and areas of similar use.

Exception No.1: Receptacles that are not readily accessible.
Exception No.2: A single receptacle or a duplex receptacle for two appliances located within dedicated space for each appliance that, in normal use, is not eaisly moved from one place to another and that is cord-and-plug connected in accordance with 400.7(a)(6), (a)(7), or(a)(8).
(7) Laundry, utility and wet bar sinks - where the receptacles are installed within 1.8m (6 ft) of the outside edge of the sink"

As Ive stated here before Im not totally fimilar with residential code, but I think this should cover your question.


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