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GFCI Outlets and Aluminum Wire

How to Safely Wire GFCI Outlets: Creating a Copper Pig Tail with Aluminum Wire, Working with Aluminum Wire, Splicing Aluminum Wire, Anti-Corrosion Ointment for Aluminum Wire, Attaching Aluminum Wire, AL/CU Rated Outlets and Switches.


Wiring GFCI Outlets

Electrical Question: Are GFI outlets compatible with aluminum wiring, or do I need to make pigtails?

This home electrical wiring question came from: Ed, in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.

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

How to Safely Wire GFCI Outlets

Application: Wiring or Replacing a GFCI Outlet.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
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 replaced.
Precaution: Identify the GFCI outlet circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.

Creating a Copper Pig Tail with Aluminum Wire

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3 Responses to “GFCI Outlets and Aluminum Wire”
  1. Mark A says:

    It amazes me how many homes I go into that still don’t have GFCI’s even though they have been required since the 70’s. Changing older outlets is a fairly quick and simple project, especially with the info you provide in this post.

  2. Toby Singleton says:

    I live in Hampton Roads,Virginia and would like to know where to buy a GFI outlet for outside. Thank you

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