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Old 10-04-2008, 01:20 PM   #1
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If you install a ground fault breaker, you still need ground fault outlets in bathroom and kitchens right?

So what is the point of a ground fault breaker?

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If you install a ground fault breaker, you still need ground fault outlets in bathroom and kitchens right?

So what is the point of a ground fault breaker?

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No, you just need ground fault protection in kitchens and baths. How you provide the protection is up to you. A receptacle is is just cheaper and more convenient. If you install a GFCI breaker, then there is no need to install a GFCI receptacle, and vice versa. The point of ground fault breakers is that you often have equipment that must be GFCI protected that isn't a receptacle outlet. Outside post lights come to mind, or circuits for hot tubs and whirlpools.

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One or the other. The breaker will protect the entire circuit versus the receptacle will only protect itself, and anything connected 'downstream'.
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One or the other. The breaker will protect the entire circuit versus the receptacle will only protect itself, and anything connected 'downstream'.
Great Thanks. A few GF breakers sound much easier than messing with finding outlets that match, particularly since I am going to be changing out the breakers anyway.

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Just be prepared to spend big bucks, a GFI breaker is alot more expensive then a GFI plug.
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Just be prepared to spend big bucks, a GFI breaker is alot more expensive then a GFI plug.
I can get the GF breakers for $30 when I buy them with my panel. The decent quality GF outlets seem to be about $12-$15. So it will be double the cost, but I will only need a few of them.
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If you have several outside outlets on the same circuit, say one in the front of the house, one on the side, and one in the back, then a GFCI breaker might be best. Then if it trips it would be in the breaker panel. If one of the outlets was a GFCI and the other two were wired "downstream" from that outlet, then you would need to go hunting to find the GFCI outlet to reset it.

In a bathroom the outlet is right there - easy to see it and reset it.

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