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I am installing an outdoor outlet in my backyard. There’s an existing receptacle on the wall that’s facing the backyard. I drilled a hole through the opening for the existing receptacle to run the wire to the backyard.

The question is wiring. I want to put GFCI for the outdoor outlet to have extra protection. Normally GFCI is installed first in line for downstream protection but in my case, I don’t want the outdoor outlet to affect other receptacles on the circuit. Is there a way to wire a GFCI without the downstream protection?
 

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I am installing an outdoor outlet in my backyard. There’s an existing receptacle on the wall that’s facing the backyard. I drilled a hole through the opening for the existing receptacle to run the wire to the backyard.

The question is wiring. I want to put GFCI for the outdoor outlet to have extra protection. Normally GFCI is installed first in line for downstream protection but in my case, I don’t want the outdoor outlet to affect other receptacles on the circuit. Is there a way to wire a GFCI without the downstream protection?
If this is the last one in the line the gfci would only effect this one.

If you are feeding this from another gfci connect it to the line side of the first one in line.
 

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I would install the GFCI at the receptacle you are tapping off and feed the new receptacle from the load terminals. Better weather protection not having the GFCI outside.
 

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I want to put GFCI for the outdoor outlet to have extra protection.
Good. But that's also mandatory.

Normally GFCI is installed first in line for downstream protection...
Not necessarily. I generally advise people never, ever use the LOAD terminals except when they actually intend to provide GFCI protection to the downline. Too many people use LOAD "because they don't know where else to put the 2 extra wires" and have no idea what they did or the consequences.


but in my case, I don’t want the outdoor outlet to affect other receptacles on the circuit. Is there a way to wire a GFCI without the downstream protection?

Well right off the bat, you may not have a choice. If the tapped outlet is in a space that requires GFCI protection, you need to fit it there.

I would install the GFCI at the receptacle you are tapping off and feed the new receptacle from the load terminals. Better weather protection not having the GFCI outside.
Darn right! GFCIs have a spectacular failure rate when "left outdoors".

Remember you must use outdoor cable outdoors (UF-B) and you must have a junction box, and an outdoor "weatherproof, in-use" cover that provides for cords leaving while it is still hooked up.
 
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