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MaukaRunner

02:30PM | 05/20/02
Member Since: 05/19/02
7 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
I would like to add a outdoor GFI to an existing indoor washing machine outlet. Is this OK to do?? I read somewhere that the washer will trip the GFI. There is only the washer and dryer outlets on the wall I want to get the power from. Any Suggestions? Thanks

MaukaRunner

03:15PM | 05/20/02
Member Since: 05/19/02
7 lifetime posts
OK a GFI protects the GFI outlet and any which are downstream so if I tap into the washer outlet it is downstream from that and should not be affected, right???

BobF

02:00AM | 05/21/02
Member Since: 10/19/98
223 lifetime posts
Yes, you are correct.

The dryer outlet is probably 220. Don't even think of tapping into it.

[This message has been edited by BobF (edited May 21, 2002).]

rpxlpx

04:51AM | 05/21/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
You didn't say if it's a gas or electric dryer. Most dryers I've seen use 110 for the motor. Gas dryer uses only 110. Electric dryer uses 220 for the heating element.

MaukaRunner

07:40AM | 05/21/02
Member Since: 05/19/02
7 lifetime posts
Thanks! My dryer is electric and it is on a 220 circuit. My wash room is opposite a outside wall I want to put a outlet to run a pond pump. I read somewhere that running a GFI outlet on a washer will most likely cause it to trip. Just wanted verification that if it is downstream of the washer it should not be affected. Thanks again.

electricmanscott

02:27PM | 05/21/02
Member Since: 11/05/01
101 lifetime posts
This is not a code compliant installation, The washing machine must remain on its own circuit.

rpxlpx

04:01AM | 05/22/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
Hey electricmanscott, do you have any advice for MaukaRunner as to the best way to proceed, now that it is established that he shouldn't tap into the washer circuit?

MaukaRunner

06:47PM | 05/22/02
Member Since: 05/19/02
7 lifetime posts
Yes any other suggestions would be appreciated. My closest outlet which I could tap off would be in my living room which would require a conduit running along side my house for 20+ feet.

I would like to comply with the NEC but what would happen if I did this?

BobF

01:59AM | 05/23/02
Member Since: 10/19/98
223 lifetime posts
How's this - instead of tapping into an existing circuit why not run a brand new circuit? The extra cost is minimal.

MaukaRunner

09:36AM | 05/24/02
Member Since: 05/19/02
7 lifetime posts
Thanks for the responses
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