Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Electrical

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-12-2010, 06:22 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: CA
Posts: 319
Share |
Default

turning off the GFCI safe enough to work downstream?


I need to tap in an outlet downstream of a GFCI, if we press the test to trip the GFCI, all downstream outlets are off, beside the fact someone else could press the reset button on the GFCI and hurt me, is it safe to work on, because there is refrigerator upstream and I am considering not turning off the breaker.

Thanks

DIYGST is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2010, 06:26 PM   #2
Electrical Contractor
 
jbfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Newnan GA
Posts: 5,730
Default

turning off the GFCI safe enough to work downstream?


Don't take a chance, turn of the breaker and put the fridge on a cord until you finish.

__________________
Yes I am a Pirate, 200 years too late. "Jimmy Buffett"
jbfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2010, 06:32 PM   #3
Licensed electrician
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Maryland
Posts: 7,501
Default

turning off the GFCI safe enough to work downstream?


A refrigerator will stay cold enough for several hours with the power off. The less the door is opened the longer the time will be. Turn the breaker off.
Jim Port is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2010, 06:33 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: South of Boston, MA
Posts: 17,248
Default

turning off the GFCI safe enough to work downstream?


I'd turn the breaker off too...even if I'm the only one home
Scuba_Dave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2010, 06:35 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: CA
Posts: 319
Default

turning off the GFCI safe enough to work downstream?


Thanks, just trying to understand what the CGFI is switching though, for purely educational purpose
DIYGST is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2010, 07:24 PM   #6
Idiot Emeritus
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Fernley, Nevada (near Reno)
Posts: 1,592
Default

turning off the GFCI safe enough to work downstream?


A properly connected GFI will open both the hot and neutral when it trips.

In theory, it's completely safe to work on something downstream of a GFI if it's tripped, and if the downstream device is actually fed from the load side of the GFI.

Would I do it? I work a lot of stuff hot, and have done so for the past 20 years. If the downstream device is something I'd consider working hot anyway, then yes. But I'd work it like it was actually hot.

Standing in a foot of water? Absolutely not! I'd kill the breaker, and lock it out. Even if I was the only one around.

I would consider tripping a GFI to give me a slight edge on safety, but there's no way I'd depend on a tripped GFI if it was the only thing between me and death.

Rob

micromind is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
GFCI Breaker & GFCI Outlet together??? abinpa General DIY Discussions 6 04-12-2009 08:59 PM
GFCI receptacle gets tripped by hallway light proofer Electrical 10 03-17-2008 07:29 PM
Hiring guys to do work without a contractor Safe or Not Worth Liability wise? twilightcall General DIY Discussions 1 03-15-2008 08:40 PM
20 Amp Breaker tripping with GFCI panhandlion Electrical 7 12-12-2007 08:59 PM
GFCI protection for Shop/Garage Sub-Panel porterpearl Electrical 3 01-06-2006 03:33 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.