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?
- I’m changing all the plugs and switches in a house and need to pass a electrical inspection.
This home electrical wiring question came from: Ed, in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.
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
- Working with Aluminum Wire
- Special methods must be applied when working with aluminum electrical wiring in order to prevent corrosion and loose connections which can be caused by heat as a result of the amperage load which is placed on electrical circuit wiring and components.
- Splicing Aluminum Wire
- When installing or replacing 120 volt 15 amp or 20 amp switches and outlet receptacles where aluminum wiring has been installed, the aluminum wires should be spliced together and a copper wire pigtail should be added.
- Anti-Corrosion Ointment for Aluminum Wire
- The splice must be coated with approved AL/CU anti-corrosion ointment and approved AL/CU wire connectors of the appropriate size must be used.
- Attaching Aluminum Wire
The copper pig tail will then be attached to the outlet or light switch terminal depending on the device or the application.
- AL/CU Rated Outlets and Switches
In locations where it is allowed, aluminum wire may be attached directly to outlets and switches that are identified and labeled with the approved AL/CU wire type designation.
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The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wiring!The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester, [amazon.com], I use for the detection of Standard Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.
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