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ryaniniowa 03-19-2005 07:32 PM

Need opinions on fixing an outlet problem
I was recently asked what to do at a home where an electrical inspection had failed due to having grounded outlets and no grounds. (the guy had one of those lighted testers) Basically the outlets were two wire and were replaced with grounded outlets. While I'm sure this happens a lot, it isn't right. My understanding is to use the 2 wire outlets or a gfi outlet when replacing these and all is ok again, BUT since they are all on the same circuit, could you simply change out the breaker to a gfi breaker and call it good? (only one room was done this way) My gut feeling is no but since the gfi's are allowable by code I thought boy this would be a quick fix. Your thoughts appreciated very much!

boogie 03-20-2005 07:00 PM

yes putting a gfci breaker will suffice the code and actually it is th best way to change from a 2 wire to a 3 wire plug because it not only protects the outlets upstream of the outlet it protects the whole wiring circuit. the reason it is not done is cost .way more expensive to buy the breaker than the outlets

ryaniniowa 03-20-2005 08:11 PM

Thanks... in this case it will be cake to install the breaker and leave the outlets as is.

jbfan 03-20-2005 08:27 PM

BEWARE. You must also tag all the outlets protected by the GFCI breaker , no equipment ground

ryaniniowa 03-20-2005 09:06 PM

can do.

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