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scott b

02:49PM | 07/16/03
Member Since: 04/24/03
6 lifetime posts
We are installing a garbage disposal and the switch is going to be installed beside the GFCI receptacle above the sink. Do we need to install the disposal circuit on a gfci breaker, or is just having the switch grounded enough protection? Or, easier yet, can we get power from the load side of the GFCI for the disposal, or will a motor load effect the GFCI and cause it to trip? Thanks, Scott

Tom O

01:02PM | 07/17/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
476 lifetime posts
Even though they are called "small appliance branch circuits" , they can only feed the receptacles above your counters, wall receptacles in the kitchen, dining room, pantry & a few other places. Funny as it sounds, your garbage disposal, which is an appliance, cannot be connected to these circuits.

As long as the disposal is grounded, it does not need gfci protection.


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