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Old 02-06-2012, 08:45 PM   #1
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Need to replace out bathroom outlet to the correct GFI help


when we moved in out master bathroom by the sink just has a regular outlet....it needs to be replaced anyways cause its loose....is wiring one with a GFI the same as a typical outlet? going to do this tomorrow.


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Old 02-06-2012, 08:54 PM   #2
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There may already be GFI protection upstream from this receptacle. Have you checked? How old is the house?

The replacement can be rather straight forward. If nothing downstream or if this is the end receptacle, just put the wires under the LINE side terminals.

If there are two pairs of wires and the downstream needs GFI protection, you will need to wire the hot pair to the LINE and the downstream to the LOAD terminasl.

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Old 02-06-2012, 09:07 PM   #3
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Sort of. Shut the curcut breaker to that outlet off before working on it. If you open it up and there's only three wires, one black and one white plus a bare copper wire the wires are going to be connected to the line side of the outlet (on the back of the switch it will say Line and Load)
The white goes to silver and the black goes to the gold or black screw. Of cource the bare wire goes to the green screw.
The only tricky part would come in if there's 2 blacks and 2, white wires in that box.
You would then have to figure out which wires were the incoming power lines (line side of the outlet) the wires going down stream go to another outlet someplace there the load side of the outlet.
You will see a strip of paper over the screws on the load side of the outlet.
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Old 02-06-2012, 09:08 PM   #4
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House was built in 05....so 6 years....i will take apart tomorrow and look thanks
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Sorry Jim we must have been typing at the same time.
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NP Joe, I am sure the OP appreciates all the help.
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A house built in 05 should already have GFI protection for the bathroom receptacles. You just need to find the bathroom or powder room it is in.
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Great got it done and replaced 2 others that literally crumbled after i screwed from wall.....what the heck would cause an outleft to fall apart like it did.
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Outlets shouldn't fall apart in 7 years..
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That of course assumes they were new outlets to begin with.
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Outlets shouldn't fall apart in 7 years..
Maybe it had a wall wart plugged in for all that time and the heat broke down the plastic. But not being new sounds more likely.

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