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Billhart

02:36PM | 12/01/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1916 lifetime posts
"If I understand, I could not or should not have a GFCI on the outside and another one inside on the same circuit. Is that correct?

"

Yes,

But if the inside receptacle needs GFCI protection, such as a garage or basement, then you install a GFCI in both places.

But instead of connecting the wires from the inside to the outside on the LOAD connection you will pigtail then to the supply wires on the LINE connections.

jwhibb

03:42PM | 12/01/06
Member Since: 11/30/06
7 lifetime posts
I am going to work on this tomorrow.(Sat.) The two interior GFCI outlets are in a bathroom and a garage, so according to what you said, they need to stay that way. This is where I am confused. I am not sure where to hook what wires. Hopefully once I get the outlet apart....it will become evident. If it doesn't then I will probably be back here typing another message to you! lol

Thanks!

Billhart

07:16PM | 12/01/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1916 lifetime posts
Unless it is a very old GFCI there will be on set of terminals on one end labled LINE which connects to the power incomming power.

At the other end there are a set of terminals call LOAD where you can connect the wires to run to any downstream receptacles that you want GFCI protected.

As they come there will be tape over the load terminals so that you can't accidently install one backwards.

There are also holes on the back for Back Wiring. This is not the backstab connections that you will see people complainning aobut. Rather the wires held in place with clamps when you tighten up the screws on the side.

You can use the two holes to put in both the power in and the wire the downstream receptacles. Or you can connect the two together along with a short piece of wire (a pigtail) and use a wire nut to put them togehter.

If you GFCI does not have the 4 terminals and 8 holes that I describe it is old enough that it should be replaced anyway.


jwhibb

03:10AM | 12/02/06
Member Since: 11/30/06
7 lifetime posts
I think I understand now. I am going to give it a shot in a couple of hours.

Thanks!
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