How to Wire GFCI Circuits and GFI Outlets
How to Wire GFCI Circuits and GFI Outlets: How do I wire a GFCI Breaker for more than one circuit?
Wiring GFI Outlets
Electrical Question: How do I wire a GFCI Breaker for more than one circuit?
- I wired my kitchen remodel with 12/3 cable so that I could wire every other duplex outlet over the counter with alternating circuits.
- My intent was to use GFCI breakers at the box for these 2 circuits.
- The issue is the common ground and two GFCI breakers.
- Is there a way to share the ground?
This electrical question came from: Brent, from Lincoln, Nebraska.
Thanks for your electrical question Brent.
How to Wire GFCI Circuits and GFI Outlets
Application: GFCI Circuit Wiring.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best if wired by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
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 GFI outlets that will be wired to the GFCI Circuit.
Precaution: Identify the GFCI circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring connections.
Notice: Installing additional GFCI Outlet Wiring should be done according to local and national electrical GFCI Codes with a permit and be inspected.
Circuit Wiring for GFCI Breakers
- The ground system of the home is bonded together as one system, so I do not think that this is the issue with this question.
- What I suspect is that the wiring configuration of this multi-wire circuit is not correct.
- Sharing the neutral of a multi-wire GFCI circuit can be tricky if the connections are not maintained and configured properly.
For convenience and less expense you may want to consider installing GFCI Receptacle outlets instead of GFCI Circuit Breakers.
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