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Replacing an Outlet with a GFI Receptacle


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Replace an Outlet with a GFI Outlet or GFCI Receptacle: Identifying Wires for GFI Connections.

Wiring Outlets and GFI Receptacles

Electrical Question: I want to replace my current outdoor outlet receptacle with a GFCI receptacle.

Any assistance is appreciated. Regards,
John

This electrical question came from: John, from Everett, Massachusetts.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question John.

How to Replace an Outlet with a GFCI Receptacle

Application: Replacing Outlets with GFCI Outlets.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best if wired by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools 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 affected outlet circuits at the electric panel, turn them OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the outlet wiring.
Materials: Make sure to use materials of the same amperage and voltage rating as the electrical circuit.
Notice: Installing additional GFCI Outlet Wiring should be done according to local and national electrical GFCI Codes with a permit and be inspected.

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