Basement GFCI Electrical Wiring
Is it better to have a GFCI Circuit Breaker or install a GFCI outlet? How to Install Wiring for Basement GFCI Outlets, Basement Electrical Wiring.
Basement Electrical Wiring
Electrical Question: Is it better to have a GFCI Circuit Breaker or install a GFCI outlet?
- I have an unfinished basement and would like to wire a room in it so that I can use it as a hobby shop.
- I don’t want to finish it off completely, such as drywall etc at this time.
- One wall is cement and I plan on running conduit on that wall since I don’t plan to put any drywall on it and just will leave it the way it is. The other side is studded with 2×6 and I want to run outlets on that wall.
- Does the cable have to be in conduit since I will not be finishing it off right away? Or will NM placed through holes bored into the studs be adequate “protection”?
- Since this will remain in an unfinished basement I will use GFI protected circuits, which leads to another question.
- Is it better to have GFCI protection from the Circuit Breaker or just install a GFI outlet at the first outlet and wire it from the load side to protect them all that way?
Background: Craig, a Handyman from Dallas, Georgia.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Craig.
How to Install Wiring for Basement GFCI Outlets
Application: Basement Electrical Wiring.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best installed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and install electrical circuit wiring.
Precaution: Identify the panel circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional electrical circuit wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
Electrical Wiring Methods for an Unfinished Basement
- Installing Electrical Wire
- Electrical wiring installed in an open framed wall or unfinished wall will require protection which can be provided by flex, BX cable or electrical conduit.
- Basement GFCI Outlet
- GFCI protection can be provided by a GFCI circuit breaker or a GFCI outlet. I personally prefer a GFI outlet because it is less expensive and it is more accessible.
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