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Wiring a Single Outlet From a GFI

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Extend Electrical Wiring to a Single Outlet From a GFI when the circuit appears to be wired by the feed through method.

Extending Off The Line Side of a GFI Outlet

Electrical Question: I purchased a wine cooler, Frigidaire LFWC18T6LB, which would not turn on.

  • Reading the troubleshooting section of the manual I find that it cannot work on a GFCI circuit.
  • Upon investigation I find that the circuit appears to be wired by the feed through method.
  • When the wine cooler is plugged in the GFCI outlet across the room is tripped.
  • Can I disable a single outlet to allow the wine cooler to operate?

This electrical question came from: Peter, a Handyman from Prescott Valley, AZ.

Additional Comments: Great Information!

How to Extend Electrical Wiring to a Single Outlet From a GFI

Application: Adding a 120 Volt Outlet.
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 outlets that will be added and the access to the location for the new outlets.
Precaution: Identify the existing outlet circuit power source, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional outlet wiring should be done through the local building authority, installed according to applicable local and national electrical codes, with a permit, and have the required inspections.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Peter.

  • Yes you can wire off the Line Side of the GFCI Outlet and extend the wiring to the wine cooler.

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