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lava96

06:53PM | 10/10/03
Member Since: 10/09/03
7 lifetime posts
In my new house I noticed that my upstairs bathroom has a GFI receptacle but my downstairs one doesn't.
Now the house is only 2 years old and it passed inspection when the first owner bought it and passed inspection again when I bought it.

Is it possible that the downstairs receptacle is downstream from the upstairs one? I haven't tested this yet. But, is that allowed? It is a regular 3 prong receptacle in the bathroom downstairs and not a GFI....

Anyone??

Tom O

02:26AM | 10/11/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
476 lifetime posts
Yes to both. However, to be sure, test the other receptacle with a gfi tester.

lava96

04:11PM | 10/11/03
Member Since: 10/09/03
7 lifetime posts
Maybe I am stupid....what is a GFI tester?

lava96

08:56PM | 10/11/03
Member Since: 10/09/03
7 lifetime posts
I didn't get a chance to test the downstairs bathroom yet, But I am assuming it is wired in "downstream" from the upstairs bathroom.

My only REAL concerns are:
1) Is that code?
2) Is it safe?
3) Should I put a GFI receptacle on the downstairs wall in place of the standard receptacle, or just leave it the way it is if that meets code and is just as safe?

Tom O

03:38AM | 10/12/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
476 lifetime posts
Sorry, I assumed too much by not explaining a GFI tester.

There is a tester that plugs in, and by observing the lights on it, will indicate if the receptacle is wired properly, and if it isn't, what the problem is. There is also a test button on it that when you press it, will simulate a ground fault & trip any upstream GFI, provided that everything is wired correctly and there is an equipment ground in place. The tester costs $10 to $15.

Based on your assumtions-
1. Almost certainly yes.
2. Yes, but maybe not convienient.
3. Your choice. Since the GFI's are relatively inexpensive, I would put one in. You will need to change the connections at the original GFI if you install the second one.

Tom



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