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Does a GFCI Outlet Need to be Grounded?
Does a GFCI Outlet need to be grounded?
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Electrical Code for GFCI Protection
Application: Electrical Code for GFCI a GFCI Outlet.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor, or Certified Electrician.
Electrical Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester, and appropriate Safety Gear.
Estimated Time: Depends on the personal level experience, ability to work with tools, install electrical circuit wiring, and the available access to the project area.
Electrical Safety: Identify the electrical power source to the GFCI Outlet, turn it OFF and Tag with a Note before working with the electrical wiring.
Electrical Wiring Parts and Materials: Electrical parts and materials for the GFCI Outlet should be approved for the specific project and compliant with local and national electrical codes.
Electrical Codes and Inspections: Installing or changing home electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes as adopted in Newark, New Jersey. A permit and inspections may also be required.
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This electrical wiring project is about a GFCI Outlet in the Kitchen of a Old Home.
GFCI Outlet Protection
Reviewing the Electrical Question:
- Does a GFCI Outlet need To be grounded?
- Ed, from the information you have provided, when installing a GFCI Outlet in a newer home a ground wire is always provided. However, a GFCI Outlet may be installed in an older home that does not have a ground wire and the GFCI Outlet will still provide Ground Fault Protection.
- The Electrical Code requires that GFCI Protection is provided in several locations of the home by using a GFCI Device, such as a GFCI Outlet, even if the GFCI Outlet is not grounded.
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