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WallyJones

07:31PM | 10/03/07
Member Since: 10/02/07
2 lifetime posts
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The question I have is this: I have remodeled our main floor bathroom. It was not ground faulted. At the main panel, the current breaker's neutral wire is too short to stretch from the neutral bar to the GFI. Is it Okay to splice in a "jumper" wire to complete the circuit?

Does a bathroom GFCI need to be 20A?

househelper

05:12AM | 10/04/07
Member Since: 03/31/05
265 lifetime posts
It is OK to splice on extra wire to reach the GFCI. Yes, the GFCI breaker needs to be 20A for the bathroom receptacles.

Billhart

05:29AM | 10/04/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1916 lifetime posts
"Does a bathroom GFCI need to be 20A?"

No simple answer.

Under current code a bathroom has to have 20 amp circuit. That circuit can feed ONLY the receptacles in multiple bathrooms or it can the receptacle(s), lights, and fan in ONE bathroom.

If you are rewiring the bathroom then you might be required to brring it up to current code. It is kind of up to the inspectors where you need to do this.

As to your question. The Receptacle can be a 15 amp duplex receptacle and must be a 15 amp receptacle if it is on older 15 amp circuit.

And all GFCI receptacle the GFCI and feed through portions of the receptacle are rated for 20 amps, although the recpetacle part has 15 amp rating (for each half).

If it is GFCI breaker then for a new circuit it should 20 amps and matching size wire. For existing circuits then the breaker needs to match the size of wire.

Why not use a GFCI receptacle?

As to you question about extending the neutral connection and a GFCI breaker.

I don't see any reason that you can't.

Billhart

05:33AM | 10/04/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1916 lifetime posts
GFCI breaker needs to be 20A for the bathroom receptacles.

It is not clear what he is doing. But if this is an existing circuit and he is not replacing it. Remodeling can vary form just replacing and a new light fixture to gutting and moving walls.

If it is an existing circcuit then the breaker needs to make the existing circuit.

WallyJones

09:33AM | 10/04/07
Member Since: 10/02/07
2 lifetime posts
Thanks for the information. The reason for the installation of the breaker instead of the recep. is that I have already purchased it, and it will be easily installed if I can use the jumper. Thanks again!
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