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Electrical Question about Panels, AFCI and GFCI Requirements

Question: What are the current laws,federal and state for CT. For 2010 for a breaker box

Electrical Question about Panels, AFCI and GFCI Requirements

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Question: What are the current laws,federal and state for CT. For 2010 for a breaker box,The best company you would recommend,that the circuit breaker box Has air flow,won’t short circuit,won’t over heat,melt,anything? What is the difference between a Arc Fault,And a Ground Circuit Breaker,also called AFCI’s and GFCI’s,What is the one that is safer for basements and people And do they have a combination of both?

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2 Responses to “Electrical Question about Panels, AFCI and GFCI Requirements”
  1. Mike says:

    What difference between AFCI and GFCI. My understanding is that AFCI is newer, better protection. Can AFCI be used in wet locations in place of GFCI, such as bathroom receptacles,outdoor receptacles,hot tub feed?

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Mike,
      AFCI – The Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter is designed to detect arcs which may be from shorted circuit wiring or if a child places a hair pen into a light socket or receptacle. They help protect the circuit and people.
      GFCI – The Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter is designed to detect voltage that is finding a path to a ground source, and when that condition is detected the circuit or device trips OFF thereby protecting people against electrical shock.
      AFCI should never be used in place of GFCI. GFCI protection is required for hot tubs, bathrooms, outdoor receptacles etc..
      Fave

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