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ScottK

10:09AM | 11/01/02
Member Since: 10/31/02
2 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
I have two GFCI questions: 1. My home currently has no GFCI protection, is it better to replace individual receptalces with GFCI receptalces where necessary or would it be better to have GFCI breakers installed to cover the areas of concern (bathrooms, kitchen, garage, etc.)?
2. If I wire individual GFCI receptacles is the preferred method to wire one up-current outlet and rely on its protection to handle the outlets down-current or should each outlet on the circuit of concern have its own GFCI receptacle installed (i.e. kitchen backsplash area with several outlets). Thanks.

Tom O

02:41AM | 11/02/02
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
Scott,

You can probably buy 5 or 6 GFI receptacles for the price of one GFIbreaker. Also, it is much more convienient to reset a recaptacle versus going to the breaker box.

For your second question, if you can install the outlet so that you are not protecting things that don't need protection (like a refridgerator), put in one outlet & let it protect others. If you're not real sure about how the circuit is wired, install a GFI receptacle at each location that GFI protection is called for.

Tom

JuddsAirco

12:38AM | 11/06/02
Member Since: 11/05/02
6 lifetime posts
Your reefer should be on a dedicated circuit that is not GFCI protected, you will have problems with a compressor/GFCI mix. I would suggest GFCI breakers, they may be a little more expensive at first but they will last longer than the outlets. Reason being is that they are somewhat protected from elements and wear more so than the cheaper recp counterparts.

electricmanscott

10:54AM | 11/06/02
Member Since: 11/05/01
98 lifetime posts
I prefer receptacles for resetting convienience. You also have more control over what you are protecting with the gfci which can be a big issue on existing installations. Price wise receptacles are far less expensive. A refrigerator need not be on a dedicated circuit although not bad practice. I have seen no difference between gfci breakers and receptacles as far as longevity goes. If you are a diyer stay out of the panel and go with the receptacles and make sure your connections are TIGHT.
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