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Electrical Question from Jordan about Garage GFCI


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

I am running the electric to my detached garage. I plan on installing two receptacles, one for the door opener and the other closer to the main door for lawn equipment and a radio.

Electrical Question from Jordan about Garage GFCI

Received from Jordan a Homeowner in Ohio

Question: I am running the electric to my detached garage. I plan on installing two receptacles, one for the door opener and the other closer to the main door for lawn equipment and a radio. My question is do both these receptacles need to be gfci or just the one? Any other thoughts would be appreciated.

Thanks.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question.
All garage receptacles need to be on a GFCI except Single Dedicated Receptacles used for equipment such as a whole house vacuum. Do not put your ceiling lighting fixtures on a GFCI protected branch or circuit because you never want to be in the dark when a gfci trips.  Check with your local codes.
See the link below for information about wiring using the feed-through method to provide GFCI protection for more than one outlet from one GFCI.

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