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How to Replace an Outlet with a GFCI

I’m trying to replace a kitchen outlet for a GFCI one. How do i hook up the new GFCI outlet?

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Electrical Question:¬†I’m trying to replace a kitchen outlet for a GFCI one. How do i hook up the new GFCI outlet?

I’m trying to replace a kitchen outlet for a GFCI one. When I pull put the old one it has no ground wire, 2 red wires( one is the hot) and a uncut white (neutral wire ) with some of the sheathing taken off and bent making a loop and connected to the side of the old outlet. How do I hook up the new GFCI outlet? Thanks.

This electrical wiring question came from Adriel, a Handyman in Florida.

Adriel, Thank You for Visiting Ask-the-Electrician!

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

How to Replace an Outlet with a GFCI

Application: Wiring 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 , 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 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 your specific location. A permit and inspections may also be required.

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