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Old 11-24-2011, 07:10 AM   #1
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Unfinished basement, GFCI and phantom trips


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In 2001 I installed a couple of dedicated circuits with single receptacles in our basement for plug in appliances. GFCI were exempted and it was noted that that was important to avoid phantom trips which could cause some serious problems.

I notice since 2008 these exemptions are removed. I need to add two dedicated circuits; one for a sump pump and one for a freezer and I will use GFCI receptacles. But what about the past anxiety of GFCI receptacles interrupting power? This again could be disastrous. What is your experience?

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In 2001 I installed a couple of dedicated circuits with single receptacles in our basement for plug in appliances. GFCI were exempted and it was noted that that was important to avoid phantom trips which could cause some serious problems.
This is not exactly true. GFI's were ONLY exempted where the appliance occupied the space in front of the receptacle.

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i have found that a gfi breaker will eliminate a lot of nuisance trips
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This is not exactly true. GFI's were ONLY exempted where the appliance occupied the space in front of the receptacle.
Sorry for not being clear, e.g./ a refrigerator which was in front of the receptacle.
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