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Installing A GFCI Outlet Without A Ground Wire
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Installing a GFCI Outlet Where There is No Ground Wire – A GFCI Outlet can be installed even if a ground wire is not available in the existing electrical circuit. The GFCI outlet must be marked with a provided label that the outlet is not grounded.
GFCI Outlet Without a Ground Wire
Electrical Question: I work in a lot of older homes with a 2 wire circuits. Is a GFI outlet able to be legal on a 2 wire system ?If not how do I make it work?
Additional Comments: I’m glad I found your site, I’ve learned a few things and refreshed on a few things.
Background: Donald, a Handyman from Lackawanna, N.Y.
Thanks for your electrical question Donald.
How To Install A GFCI Outlet Without a Ground Wire
Application: Wiring a GFCI Outlet.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best installed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Tool Pouch and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the number of GFI outlets that will be installed.
Precaution: Identify the outlet circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before wiring the GFI outlet.
Notice: Installing additional outlet circuit wiring should be done according to local and national electrical GFCI Codes with a permit and be inspected.
Installing a GFCI Outlet Where There is No Ground Wire
- Yes, a GFCI Outlet can be installed even if a ground wire is not available in the existing electrical circuit.
- The GFCI outlet must be marked with a provided label that the outlet is not grounded.
- The GFCI will still protect the user against ground fault just the same.
- This method is legal and compliant with the electrical code.
- This is ideal for these locations:
- Kitchen outlets
- Bathroom outlets
- Garage Outlets
- Outdoor outlets
- PLEASE NOTE: The outlet will not create or provide a ground path for three wire grounded devices.
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