GFCI receptacle

Installing an outside GFI reveptacle

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 Installing an outside GFI Receptacle

 

 

The ground fault circuit interrupter GFCI outlet protects against electric shock. Whenever the amounts of incoming and outgoing current are unequal, indicating that there is current leakage, the GFCI opens the circuit instantly, cutting off the power. GFI are build to trip in 1/40th of a second in the event of a ground fault of 0.005 ampere. There are two types of GFCI. The GFI circuit breaker is installed in the service panel, it monitors the amount of current going to and coming from an entire circuit. A GFI outlet monitors the flow of electricity to that receptacle, as well as to all devices installed in the circuit from that point onward (referred to as downstream). The electrical code requires that receptacles in bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and outdoor locations ( in other words any potentially damp location where the risk of shock is greatest) be protected by a GFI. You can use either type to serve these areas.

 

 

 

 

 Learning about the GFI outlet

 

Attach a GFI receptacle, below, connecting multiple wires with pigtails. Incoming power goes to the line terminals. LOAD lines carry power from the GFCI to other receptacles on the circuit. So if you install a GFI as the first receptacle of a circuit, the entire circuit will be protected. If you are installing a GFI at the end of a line, no wires will connect to the load side only to the line side.

 

 

 

 

 

1. GFI circuit breaker

 

2. GFI outlet

 

 

 

Installing a GFI circuit breaker.

 

1. You can clip a GFI breaker into a service panel as you would an ordinary breaker, but you must wire it differently. Shut off the main breaker and be careful not to touch the hot wires coming into the box. Select the circuit you wish to protect, unclip the old breaker from the hot bus bar, and slip it out of the service panel. Disconnect the hot wire from the old breaker and the neutral wire from the bus bar. Attach both wires to the setscrew terminals of the new GFI breaker.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Loosen a terminal on the neutral bus bar, and connect the white wire from the GFI to the neutral bus bar than tightening the screw. Clipping the GFCI breaker into place attaches it to the hot bus bar. Turn the power back on, set the breaker, and push the test button. The breaker should trip.

 

 

 

             

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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