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Old 06-13-2010, 08:37 AM   #1
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replacing recep. in kitchen w/GFCI's


I've want to replace old receptacles with gfci's. not a big deal except for the dual circuits in the old receptacles. I'm not completely sure of "the code" for plug-ins on either side of the sink except if they are within @ 1 meter (or so) they need to be gfci and they should be 20 amp(?). my issue is that the gfci receptacles don't have a dual circuit (this is the metal tab that gets broken away on older style plug-ins) do i just cut and wrap the red wire then remove it from the breaker (actually i'll do that in reverse order!!) or is there special gfci's out there.

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I'm redoing my kitchen too, this is what the inspector is having me do.
Two SEPARATE 20 amp circuits with GFCIs as the first device inline to protect other devices.
My setup will have one GFCI on each side of the sink.

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How many of the old outlets are dual circuit?

If there is more than one, then alternate your new outlets on each circuit to maintain the presence of multiple circuits serving your counter top areas.
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Split receptacles can only be GFCI protected by use of a double pole GFCI breaker. Very expensive.
You sound like you are in Canada. The existing receptacles are actually grandfathered. You can leave them as they are and they are still code compliant unless you are doing a major renovation.

The 20 amp receptacle was introduced as an option to allow GFCI protection at the receptacle instead of using 15 amp GFCI breakers for the split receptacles. The code is actually 1.5 meters of sink now.
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THANKS KBSPARKY! excellent suggestion. this is what i will do.
joed - i simply like the safety factor in the gfci for wife/kids around the sink. i thank all for their help - take care EH!
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