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Old 01-16-2016, 07:04 AM   #1
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Are tamper-resistant receptacles required in unfinished basements?


I'm replacing the standard non-GFCI receptacles in our unfinished basement with GFCI's. I bought the non-tamper-resistant versions. I've installed one so far, but then wondered if they are supposed to be tamper resistant. I did some Google searching but wasn't clear if code required them in UNfinished basements. They're all less than 5 feet above the floor. I don't want to install the rest until I get this clarified. I can exchange them if necessary. Thanks.

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406.12 Tamper-Resistant Receptacles for Dwelling Units

In all areas specified in 210.52, all nonlocking-type 125-volt, 15- and 20-ampere receptacles shall be listed tamper-resistant receptacles.

Exception: Receptacles in the fol lowing locations shall not be required to be tamper-resistant:

1) Receptacles located more than 1.7 m (5 ft) above the floor.

2) Receptacles that are part of a luminaire or appliance.

3) A single receptacle or a duplex receptacle for two appliances located within dedicated space for each appliance that, in normal use, is not easily moved from one place to another and that is cord-and-plug connected in accordance with 400.7(A)(6), (A)(7), or (A)(8).

4) Nongrounding receptacles used for replacements as permitted in 406.4(D)(2)(a).
210.52 basically covers all typical receptacles in a home, so yes, if you have a basement with power TR is required unless it is behind a large appliance.

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You only need one GFI per circuit install at the begining at the line to protect all of them.
Exception, is if your working with an ungrounded circuit and your trying to convert from the old style 2 prong to having it be three pronged.
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Three prong receptacles can be installed downstream of a gfi. They do not all need to be gfi when on a two wire system.
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