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Old 01-19-2009, 03:33 PM   #1
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I'm replacing a gfci receptacle under my sink foe my garbage disposal and dishwasher. However I dont remember what wires went where. I have three wires 1 black, 1 red, and 1 white. I tried connecting the black wire to the line on the brass screw and the red right under that on the load brass screw and the white on the line silver screw. but my disposal stays on and the switch doesn't control it. What am I doing wrong

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Did you replace a receptacle WITH a GFCI? Your setup sounds like a split receptacle, especially if you originally had a DW and a garbage disposal plugged in.
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Did you replace a receptacle WITH a GFCI? Your setup sounds like a split receptacle, especially if you originally had a DW and a garbage disposal plugged in.
Thats what it sounds like to me.
If you are replacing a standard receptacles with a gfci, then it will not work.
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Thats what it sounds like to me.
If you are replacing a standard receptacles with a gfci, then it will not work.
And you don't need a GFCI for the disposal and dishwasher anyway.
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Thanks,
I went to menards and the guy told me I needed a gfci receptacle. I took it back and got a standard outlet and installed it and it worked fine. Thanks Again!
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Um, this recepticle is under the sink? In the kitchen? I'm not a code expert, but I believe the guy @ menards was right, you _need_ a GFCI. Even if code doesn't require it, it's right next to water, GFCI is the way to go!
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Um, this recepticle is under the sink? In the kitchen? I'm not a code expert, but I believe the guy @ menards was right, you _need_ a GFCI. Even if code doesn't require it, it's right next to water, GFCI is the way to go!
NEC only requires GFCI protection for receptacles serving the countertop in a kitchen. Local codes may add additional restrictions
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Um, this recepticle is under the sink? In the kitchen? I'm not a code expert, but I believe the guy @ menards was right, you _need_ a GFCI. Even if code doesn't require it, it's right next to water, GFCI is the way to go!
GFCI is not the way to go, because it will not work in the OP's situation. And right next to what water? Its under a sink, not in the sink...
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Yup, missed the part about the split receptacle, won't work. I just like to be safe w/water, but agreed, under the sink isn't in the sink... But where's the switch for the disposal? If it's switched I've seen people reach for that switch w/wet hands more times than I can count (myself included.)
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Yup, missed the part about the split receptacle, won't work. I just like to be safe w/water, but agreed, under the sink isn't in the sink... But where's the switch for the disposal? If it's switched I've seen people reach for that switch w/wet hands more times than I can count (myself included.)

I doubt switching with wet hands makes a difference. As long as that equipment is bonded properly, I don't see a safety issue.
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But where's the switch for the disposal? If it's switched I've seen people reach for that switch w/wet hands more times than I can count (myself included.)

Who cares where the switch is located? It can be over the sink if you want.
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I dont know what kind of disposal you have but if your worried about the switch ( not sure why ) try this.
http://www.needplumbingsupplies.com/...rs.asp?id=7829

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