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LYTTONJ 07-10-2007 01:38 PM

Questions About Changing GFCI receptacle to a normal three pronged outlet
 
Is it possible to change a GFCI receptacle to a normal outlet?

Any help would be appreciated

Thanks,
Jamie Lytton

HouseHelper 07-10-2007 01:44 PM

If the receptacle is required to be GFCI protected (kitchen, bathroom, garage, crawlspace, exterior), then no, you cannot replace with a standard receptacle unless you replace the breaker for that circuit with a GFCI breaker.

Stubbie 07-10-2007 02:57 PM

Jamie

Is there any particular reason your wanting to do this? Are you having trouble with the gfci tripping? Or maybe you want to plug in a deep freeze or fridge?

Stubbie

LYTTONJ 07-10-2007 03:41 PM

For some reason my brother wants to replace to make everything uniform and matching in the house. I told him just to leave it but he is determined and i thought i would check just to make sure he can do that.

JohnJ0906 07-10-2007 05:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HouseHelper (Post 52409)
If the receptacle is required to be GFCI protected (kitchen, bathroom, garage, crawlspace, exterior), then no, you cannot replace with a standard receptacle unless you replace the breaker for that circuit with a GFCI breaker.

I Second this.

Safety trumps aesthetics, if he really wants uniform devices, he will have to install GFCI breakers for all these circuits.

redline 07-10-2007 06:14 PM

Stay with the gfci - safer.

RippySkippy 07-11-2007 07:19 AM

As previously stated, safety trumps aesthetics...every time. Encourage him to install the designer outlets in the rest of the outlet boxes, their similar in shape to the GFCI's. When bought by the contractor pack, it takes a small pinch out of the sting.

The GFCI breaker is another good suggestion.

LYTTONJ 07-11-2007 07:34 AM

Thanks for your help I talked him into keeping the Gfci just replacing it with a new Gfci of the same color as the rest of his outlets. I laid the knowledge on him that i got from you guys thanks again.

paul110h 06-09-2008 01:46 PM

Hey Stubbie,

I am having that exact problem... I want to Plug in a frig in the garage and my GFI trips after about 15 seconds of the frig running

What do I need to do to get it working?

jbfan 06-09-2008 02:12 PM

Replace the fridge.

DannyT 05-04-2011 02:05 PM

Does your brother have a family?
would he rather have matching outlets or risk a member of his family getting electrocuted?

Saturday Cowboy 05-04-2011 02:23 PM

Gotta love newbie draggin up old threads. 3 years old this one


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