The GFCI's are needed because it is required by code.
Just FYI, if the house was new like it was wired in the past month (particularly that it falls under the 2008 NEC code) it would be required to have GFCI and tamper-proof receptacles for the garage door openner even if it was a single duplex receptacle that only served the garage door openner. This is because code requires it, I guess in case there is a 5-year old climbing a ladder while standing in a bucket of water so he can stick a screwdriver into the outlet way up on the ceiling.
Seriously though the reasoning is that I think they just wanted to eliminate exceptions because if there was any gray area, then somebody would neglect to put in GFCI at a place where it should be.
Anything to indicate if the GFCI is tripped by the garage door openner or the light? When you test, is it with the light on?
Please do NOT consider any "before" picture of my house as any kind of endorsement of any particular construction method. In fact, you should probably assume that if I post a "before" picture, I am posting it because I am soliciting advice on a proper replacement for one of MANY things done wrong by a previous owner.
Last edited by WillK; 05-24-2011 at 03:55 PM.